What is Tower Running?

What is Tower Running?
by George Ponting | February 28, 2013

If jogging and running on the track is a tad bit too main-stream for you, we suggest you give tower running a shot. This distinctive fitness trend is unique, challenging and fun! Tower running usually takes place on the internal staircases of tall buildings. The intensity and difficulty of the tower run is gauged by the number of staircases in the chosen building.

The fast growing popularity of tower running is evident from the number of tower run race events that are organized all over America, Europe and Asia! Why are people so attracted to the idea of tower running? If improved health and fitness are the goals then there are several less taxing but equally effective methods of achieving the set targets. Why tower running? Read on to find out why tower runners are hooked to this unique sport!

The Thrill!

Tower running is an intimidating test of endurance and stamina. Participants compete for the shortest time duration taken to run up all the staircases. Those who can handle the pressure and the pain quickly fall in love with the sport and continue to participate in various tower running events.

If there is one thing that unites all the tower runners, it is the pain that follows every tower running stint. Even seasoned athletes talk about the pain that they experience after a tower run, despite the grueling and intense athletic training that they regularly go through.

Andrea Mayr, an Austrian athlete who is the record holder for 3000 m steeplechase, described the physical discomfort associated with tower running in the following words, ‘After the first half your legs get tired, and at the end the muscles really burn.It’s really, really tough.”

Race Events That Matter!

If you are eager to go through the tower running experience on a first hand basis, head off to a major tower racing event to get a flavor of the sport! The most well known tower run races are those that take place at the tallest buildings in the world. These include

  • CN Tower in Toronto
  • Taipei 101 in Taipei
  • Tower 42 in London
  • The Empire State Building in New York
  • Menara Tower in Kuala Lumpur
  • Swissotel in Singapore
  • Eureka Tower in Melbourne

Tower run races are held in several countries all around the world. The results from all these events are evaluated on an annual basis for the Tower running World Cup.

What Good Can It Do?

This sport sounds like something you would either despise or fall instantly in love with. Can such an extreme sport have any benefits for the participants? Susan Bower from Napier University has good reasons to think that it does! She explains that tower running boosts cardiovascular health, improves muscle strength, and builds up stamina and endurance.

Tower running is one of those few sports that engage the upper body just as much as the lower half. Participants use their arms to climb the stairs, which boosts upper body strength and power. In tower running participants shift their center of mass vertically and horizontally which uses up a lot more energy than a regular running session on the track!

Isn’t there a Higher Chance of Injuries?

Given that most major tower run races require participants to run up at least 1500 steps, the probability of sustaining injuries seems dangerously high. Susan Bower does not agree with this widely held perception. She explains that the body only suffers from an injury when a force is applied in a direction that goes against the regular flow of your body.

Tower running can lead to injuries if the participant is already suffering from complications in the hip joints and knees. Participants who are physically fit might injure themselves if they trip during the race due to fatigue. So while extra stress is definitely leveled on the knees and hip joints, it is not enough to cause serious injuries to a physically fit individual.

So talk to your physician at length before pursuing Tower Running. It might end up as another feather in your cap!

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