Piotr Lobodzinski claimed his fourth victory in Rondo 1 while Zuzana Krchova took her maiden win and became the first non-Polish female athlete to climb to the highest podium in the race history. But it was Krystian Herba – the man on the bike – who stole the show during the 8th Rondo 1 Run Up on February 24, 2018.
You can say: “That’s how it was supposed to be.” Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) did not let his fans down again and recorded the best time in qualifiers – 3:34,97 – topping his strongest rival, Christian Riedl (GER) by more than 4,5 seconds. The final pursuit race changed nothing and Lobodzinski admitted he could relax a bit on the final floors and enjoy his fourth win – and second straight – in his home race. Riedl finished second, followed by the new podium finisher in Rondo 1 in Stefan Stefina (SVK). Gorge Heimann (GER) finished just a second behind with Michal Kovac (SVK) taking 5th place. Polish athletes – Piotr Mroz, Mateusz Marunowski, Arkadiusz Karbowy and Paweł Ruszała – finished on positions 6-9 respectively, while Ralf Hascher (GER) closed the Top 10 standings.
Female competition saw a close battle for the podium standings with top 3 athletes finishing within just 4 seconds in the qualifying round. Zuzana Krchova (CZE) booked pole position in the final race with her strong climb in 4:40,30, followed by local runners – Dominika Wiśniewska-Ulfik, Anna Ficner, Iwona Wicha and Dominika Stelmach.
Krchova made a clear statement that this was finally her day in Rondo 1 in the finals. Ficner made an ultimate effort to finish second, overtaking Wiśniewska-Ulfik who climbed to the lowest podium. Iwona Wicha took the 4th place and Sarah Frost (GBR) finished 5th in her first Rondo 1 appearance ever.
Additional highlight of the day was the performance of Krystian Herba. The Guinness World Record holder in climbing stairs on bike took just over 18 minutes to jump up 38 floors of the Rondo 1 office building. It was his 14th skyscraper in the portfolio with Shanghai Tower being next on the bucket list.
Rondo 1 Run Up took place on February 24, 2018. It was part of the Towerrunning Tour 2018 – the most important stair racing series globally, organized under the auspices of the Towerrunning World Organization. Over 600 runners competed in Warsaw.
The event traditionally supported SOS Children’s Villages in Poland. 26.974 PLN was raised to charity.