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What’s a Tower Run?

Tower running is a stair climbing sport. It involves running up the internal staircases of buildings. It is a not a conventional sport. There are no cheering crowds; races are in enclosed concrete stairwells, but it is a supreme test of the competitors’ fitness. In 2017, nearly 200,000 men and women participated in over 290 Tower Running races worldwide, in 38 countries. 

Races are backed by top sponsors – the Empire State Building (sponsored by India's own TCS), Tower 42 (London, sponsored by Fujitsu), Willis Tower (Chicago, sponsored by Sears), CN Tower (Toronto, sponsored by Enbridge Inc), Eureka Tower (Melbourne, sponsored by OsteoEze), Swissotel (Singapore, sponsored by Soleus watches, Mizuno apparel and Nestle Milo), Taipei 101 (Taiwan, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank), Menara Tower (Penang, Malaysia, sponsored by Penang Global Tourism), Landmark 72 (Hanoi, Vietnam, sponsored by Calidas Royal Residence), International Commerce Centre (Hong Kong, sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties) and China World Summit Wing Hotel (Beijing, sponsored by Shangri-La Hotel and Emirates) – and offer big prize money. 

The Goa Tower Run is different. In Goa, the maximum number of floors in a building allowed under zoning laws is seven. That is why this event is across five buildings, aggregating a total of 35 floors. In tall buildings, the race ends on the top floor. In the number of steps, it is the longest tower running race in India and on par with top Tower Runs worldwide. 

The world’s longest tower run is the Niesen Treppenlauf; 11,674 steps up a staircase next to a funicular railway to the top of Mount Niesen, Switzerland. 

More than 160 races held in 25 countries are evaluated each year for the Tower Running World Cup, by the Towerrunning World Association (TWA), based in Austria. Goa is one of them.

The event is supported by the Towerrunning World Association (TWA). 

 

ADVENTURE BREAKS

Adventure Breaks organises adventure sports and sports events, and offers consultancy services in both. Go on our Ocean Treks (on mountains facing the sea) or rock climbing on seaside cliffs. Kayak in the backwater mangroves or to an island out at sea. Go spotting crocodiles on a kayak. Sail in a boat powered only by the wind, and watch a glorious sunset. Take a day trip to Grande Island, to watch colourful sea life while snorkelling. Swim out in the deep sea, or join our Mega Mandovi River Swim. Go on an off-the-beaten-path cycling odyssey. Test your mettle in competitive adventure events like our Tower Runs, Moonlight Beach Marathons and Sprint Triathlons… 

Adventure Breaks offers safe, guided adventures. You are in the hands of a qualified and experienced guide. We follow all international safety norms. Adventure Breaks is deeply committed to the environment. We strongly discourage litter of any kind, on land or water. We require clients to bring back all garbage for disposal in a proper facility. We discourage use of plastic that cannot be recycled.

Adventure Breaks was set up in 2013 by Kim Sabir (CEO) and Ashwin Tombat (Director).

Kim Sabir is a sailor, climber and trekker. In 1986, he sailed from Mumbai to Muscat, Oman, in a 21-foot open Seabird sailing boat. He is also Goa’s top personal fitness trainer. Kim handles Treks and Climbing for Adventure Breaks.

Ashwin Tombat was a journalist; editor of a number of English daily newspapers in Goa before he chucked it all up to do adventure full time. A competitive cyclist in school and ardent mountaineer in college, for years, he did sailing and sea swimming at every opportunity he could get. Now, it is his profession. Ashwin handles Kayaking and Sea Swimming, and assists with Treks, Climbing, Sailing and Cycling for Adventure Breaks.