Varso Tower Run this weekend

May 27, 2024

This Saturday, May 25, runners will once again face the stairs of the tallest building in the European Union. A total of 800 amateurs and world-leading athletes – including the world champion – will take part in the event held under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Warsaw. Last year the fastest runner from Japan climbed almost 1,400 stairs to the top of the Varso Tower with a record-breaking time of 6 minutes and 45 seconds.

Varso Tower Run is the largest such sporting competition in Poland, with the finish line at 230 meters, which is twice as high as the observation deck of the Palace of Culture and Science. Towerrunning is becoming ever more popular, as evidenced by the record-breaking speed in which all starting packages of this third edition of the event were sold out. The first participants will start at 10:00, and the elite sports runners will start at 13:45. The closing ceremony and decoration of the winners is scheduled for 14:30.

The current world champion, Wai Ching Soh from Malaysia, and the winner of last year's edition, Ryoji Watanabe from Japan, will again compete to win the Warsaw challenge. They will both try to break the current record. In the women's classification, Iwona Wicha and current world’s second place Kamila Chomanicova from Slovakia will compete for the best results. In addition to worldwide athletes, several dozen people who work in the offices located in the skyscraper will also take part in the race.

Each runner will receive a medal, a commemorative t-shirt and water at the finish line. An additional reward for all participants will be breathtaking views from the 53rd floor of the skyscraper, where the finish line is located. This is one of the few opportunities to admire the Warsaw skyline before the opening of the Varso Tower observation decks planned for mid-2025. Winners will receive financial and material prizes as well as ranking points for the Towerrunning World Association.

The event also has a charitable dimension. The owner and manager of the building supports people affected by the war in Ukraine. So far, the HB Reavis Foundation has donated a total of PLN 80,000 to this noble cause to the Polish Humanitarian Action charity. This year, the competition organizers will donate PLN 50,000 to aid these activities.

The strategic sponsor of the event organized by HB Reavis is Bank Pekao S.A. The sponsors also include the CMS law firm and PZU Zdrowie, and the event partners are Magnicity Warsaw, NYX Hotel Warsaw, CIC Warsaw and Zdrofit fitness clubs.

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