2014 USA Championship Race Results

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 12.20.19 PMHoly Skyscrapers Batman! The race up the Stratosphere skyscraper this year was dominated by a superhero from Germany in a time of 7 minutes and 19 seconds. This was only a few seconds slower than the top racer from last year (Sproule Love), but was a full 14 seconds off the course record of 7:05 set by Kevin Crossman in 2012. This was Gorge Heimann’s first time running this race though, and as tower runners know, the first time up a building is often the slowest time, so we hope he comes back to take another shot at it.

This race was also the 2014 USA championship race, worth more points than any other race this year, so there were quite a few hotshots in attendance. Alex Workman took 2nd place overall, which was plenty good enough to win the overall men’s title as the fastest US runner with a time of 7:56. John Osborn won second place for the US men and Josh Duncan took third.

Erika Aklufi won the women’s title overall and for the USA championship title with a time of 8:21. This was slightly slower than her 8:16 last year, but still faster than the old course record of 8:33, set by Kourtney Dexter in 2012, so Erika truly deserves superhero status as well. Sherri Breese took 2nd overall for the the US women and Julie-Rae Steinmeyer took third.

As for me (PJ), I was quite a bit slower than my best time of 8:54 in this building and about a half a minute slower than last year, so I had a pretty crappy race. As I’m sure you all know, the emotional state you’re in determines how fast you are able to race, and mine wasn’t as good as I could have made it before the race. Lesson learned. There’s always next time. Speaking of emotional state, if you want to infuse more energy into your legs and arms for crazy things like running up skyscrapers, make sure you get yourself into a state of happiness first! Click here to see a great article on this concept.

The link to the full race results was hyperlinked above, but in case you missed it, here you go:  http://www.hallucinationsports.com/event/show/56823874#/results::1394046681563

For a great review of this race from Jeff Dinkin’s perspective, check out his FB post.

For a nice write up from David Garcia, click here.

To read Michael Doherty’s post, click here.

Check back here soon for more updates and posts from other climbers (like Alex’s blog and George Grena), because they are writing them as you read this and will be included here as soon as I hear about them!

To read a fun newspaper article and video about the race, click here.