Amateur Ranking System


There are two primary competitions sponsored by Towerrunning USA:


1) Towerrunning USA Points Competition

2) Towerrunning USA National Championship Race


Points Competition


In this competition, athletes vie for position by accumulating points at qualifying races. Click here for the list of qualifying races.


All qualifying stairclimbing races have a set point value and athletes are given points depending on finishing order within their gender. For example, for a 100 point race, athletes are given the following points: 1st = 100, 2nd = 83, 3rd = 71, etc. Click here for the full table.  An athlete’s total score is determined by adding together their individual race scores from the preceding 12 months. A maximum of 5 scores is allowed. If more than 5 races are completed within the preceding 12 months, then only the 5 best scores are counted.


The winners of the competition are determined at the end of each calendar year (January 30th). There are several categories of competition including Overall Male, Overall Female, and several age group categories as shown on the rankings page. This competition is open to all amateur US permanent residents. It is also open to amateur foreign athletes who meet the following criteria:


1) They are registered as an athlete at Towerrunning USA. 

2) They have participated in at least 3 qualifying races in the previous calendar year.


National Championship Winner


The National Championship race is a single event held once each calendar year.  The best placed amateur US permanent resident (per gender) is the US National Champion for the year.  The National Championship race is also a qualifying race for the Points Competition which means that international amateur athletes are welcome to participate and accumulate points.  However, international athletes are not eligible to receive the title of National Champion.


Note on the use of the terms “amateur” and “professional”:

The ranking system at Towerrunning USA is designed to promote competition among amateur athletes. Professional athletes from other disciplines (running, cycling, rowing etc.) are encouraged to participate in qualifying events, but are not eligible to receive points. As the sport grows we hope to add a separate competition for professional athletes, but as of today, there is not enough sponsorship or prize money available in this sport to support a professional field.


As a guideline, the term “professional” is defined as full or part time athlete who earns more than the Federal Poverty Limit for a single person (e.g. $11,770 in 2015) in the course of competing professionally. This limit includes value of winnings and income from sponsorship, but excludes other benefits such as covered travel costs and other expenses necessary for competition. The Sports Director has the authority to determine whether or not an athlete is considered professional or amateur.