IN PICS: The winners of the Climb to Abu Dhabi

Sport360 rounds up snapshots of the vertical marathon winners.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
29th January 2017

article:29th January 2017

The world’s best tower runners descended on Abu Dhabi for the inaugural Climb to Abu Dhabi, the vertical marathon hosted by the Etihad Towers. Organized by Sport360, the Climb to Abu Dhabi featured an 82-floor, 1,617-step climb for the elite tower runners, guaranteeing a grueling test for participants.

2016 World Tower Running champions Suzy Walsham and Piotr Lobodzinski (who is the brand ambassador for Climb to Abu Dhabi)  were on hand to watch the runners compete in the marathon. World No. 1 and No. 2 Suzy Walsham and Christian Reidl lived up to their lofty rankings, crossing the finish line as winners.


While 82 floors was a distance meant for the best of the best, the Climb to Abu Dhabi featured events open to all runners, including family, school, and community categories, which featured a 32-floor, 720-step race.

The sport of of vertical marathons began in the 1970s, and with the Abu Dhabi event, it has now spread to every continent.


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IN PICTURES: The winners of the inaugural Climb to Abu Dhabi vertical marathon

Sport360 rounds up snapshots of the vertical marathon winners.

2016 World Tower Running Champions (Suzy Walsham & Piotr Lobodzinski)

2016 World Tower Running Champions (Suzy Walsham & Piotr Lobodzinski)

World #1 Suzy Walsham from Australia crossing the finish line

World #1 Suzy Walsham from Australia crossing the finish line

World #2 Christian Riedl crossing the finish line

World #2 Christian Riedl crossing the finish line

Elites recovering after climbing 82 floors / 1,617 steps

Elites recovering after climbing 82 floors / 1,617 steps

3rd Place prize ceremony (Brooke Logan & Shaun Stephens-Whale)

3rd Place prize ceremony (Brooke Logan & Shaun Stephens-Whale)

2nd Place prize ceremony (Alice McNamara & Tomáš Čelko)

2nd Place prize ceremony (Alice McNamara & Tomáš Čelko)

1st Place prize ceremony (Suzy Walsham & Christian Riedl)

1st Place prize ceremony (Suzy Walsham & Christian Riedl)

All of the winners of the Climb to Abu Dhabi

All of the winners of the Climb to Abu Dhabi