On 14 March, the fifth, jubilee edition of Rondo 1 Run-Up – the biggest and most prestigious towerrunning competitions in Poland – will be held. For the second time, the race to the 37th floor of the capital city office building will have a Towerrunning Grand Prix status granted by the Towerrunning World Association. All proceeds from entry fees will go to the Polish SOS Children’s Villages Association. Celebrities, fire fighters and people working in Rondo 1 will also participare in the run-up.
For several years now, Rondo 1 Run-Up has been attracting interest of many Polish runners, and it is recognized by leading World Cup stair climbers, who like to come to Warsaw and compete for Towerrunning World Cup ranking points. This year, thanks to its high competition level and organization standards, for the second time the event has been granted a Grand Prix race status. This means that more ranking points may be earned, and Rondo 1 again joins the prestigious group of buildings hosting the world’s major tower runs.
Beside Rondo 1, top-ranking events will be held this year in buildings such as Taipei 101, Costanera Center in Chile, Canton Tower in China, Torre Colpatria in Bogota, Columbia, and the famous Torch in Doha, which will host the first-ever Towerrunning World Championships. Lesser events with the Premium Race status will take place in the Empire State Building in New York City, the Willis Tower in Chicago and Eureka Tower in Melbourne, among other buildings.
Last year the winner of Rondo 1 Run-up has been Piotr Łobodziński who completed the run in 3 minutes 27 seconds, and among women the fastest was Dominika Wiśniewska-Ulfik (4 minutes 53 seconds).
Rondo 1 Run-Up is not only a sports competition, but also a charity event. All proceeds from entry fees will go to the Polish SOS Children’s Villages Association (Stowarzyszenie SOS Wioski Dziecięce). Last year PLN 23,500 was collected during the event.
Rondo 1 Run-Up Facts & Figures
- Total building height: 192 m
- Number of storeys to run up: 38
- Elevation: 142 m
- Number of stairs to run up: 836
- Number of stairs per one landing: 11
- Number of turns: 76
About Rondo 1
Rondo 1 is one of the most modern and ecological, class A+ tall buildings in Central and Eastern Europe. The 40-storey tower, built in 2006, is located in the centre of Warsaw’s business district close to Warsaw’s Central Railway Station. Rondo 1 complex also includes an adjacent 10-storey building, with a car park and retail facilities. It offers a total of 66,000 sqm of rentable building space and nearly 500 parking spaces. Rondo 1 was the first skyscraper in Europe to receive the LEED® Gold Certificate in the “Existing Building” category. It also received the prestigious Real Green CEE Real Estate Quality Award for “Building of the Year 2011”, as well as the CEE Real Estate Quality Award 2013 in the “Building of the Decade” category. Rondo 1 was designed by world-renowned architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merill in cooperation with Polish architectural firms: AZO and Epstein.
About SOS Children’s Villages
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental organisation that provides family-based care for children. Based on its vast international experience, the organization has been operating in Poland for over 30 years. Approximately 1,300 children and young people live in SOS Children’s Villages in Poland.