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Božidar Deodat Krešić sets new world tower running record in Osijek

Božidar Deodat Krešić

Božidar Deodat Krešić (Private album)

OSIJEK, 21 December 2020 – 71-year-old Božidar Deodat Krešić has set a new world record in Osijek. 

Božidar broke the tower running – singular stairing – world record on 19 December in his hometown of Osijek. 

Božidar set a new world record by running up 448 floors – 6,720 stairs – of the business centre building on Slobode Square. He achieved the result in 2 hours and 56 minutes and 40 seconds. 

He burnt 1,895 calories during the world record run-up, taking 5,280 steps and covering 3,000 metres. 

The old record, which was set by Božidar himself back on 10 June 2020 in the same building, was 240 floors and 3,600 stairs. 

What makes this feat amazing even more impressive, apart from the extreme fitness at his age, was the fact that he was born with spinal and leg injuries. Several surgeries growing saw him wheelchair-bound, but he was able to achieve a full recovery.

Božidar Deodat Krešić (Private album)

Božidar in action during his record run (Private album)

This was Božidar’s last official solo race. Already with the first world record, he entered the TOP 100 ranking of the best elite towerrunnig runners in the world and thus won the right to be invited by the organisers of run up races in the world in China, Australia, America, Canada and Europe. He just needs to to wait for the epidemic to pass before going on a world tour.

The solo run up race was organised by the Towerrunning Croatia Association, which is is a member of the Towerrunning World Association, the only official global organisation to organise official solo run-up races in Croatia. 

Božidar in action during his record run (Private album)

Božidar in action during his record run (Private album)

Tihomir Radanović was the sports director of the race and Slaven Lulić marketing-media director and the certified international athletic judges were Ines Čuljat and Katarina Zeko who measured time with an online stopwatch. 

This was an exclusive world run up race and the only official solo race in the world to be held in December as all others had been cancelled.

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