Big Climb Seattle 2015

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They call it the Big Climb, not because it's a super tall climb, but because it's the biggest participation of any climb in the world. This stair race sells out every year with 6,000 participants (4,000 racers and 2,000 non-timed "climbers") and this time it filled up in a matter of hours. Why so popular? I don't know. Perhaps it's because the climb is 29 years old. Or it could be that climbing the tallest … [Read more...]

VUE climb 2015

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The 50 floor climb up the VUE luxury apartment building in Charlotte NC was a new one for me. It went quite well, which is to be expected since it was an ALA climb in its 2nd year. The view atop the VUE was indeed amazing, being one of Charlotte's tallest buildings. The floors were relatively consistent, right turn and residential height, with one flight being 8 steps and the other being 9 most of the way. This … [Read more...]

Stratosphere 2015

The national championship at Strat 2015 was another roaring success.  Racers lined up to start at 8am sunday March first, and after a 25 minute delay to assist an injured volunteer, the elite wave was sent up one by one. First overall and again close to the course record was Sproule Love, with a time of 7:22.  Slightly improving on his winning time from the previous year but relegated to second by Sproule's outstanding performance was Alex Workman with 7:51.  Coming in third with a time that … [Read more...]

Hancock 2015

Some of the top female climbers.  Winner Cindy Harris is second from the left, and close second LIz Ruvalcaba is second from the right.

  Hustle up the  Hancock was back to its late february time slot for 2015, and the weather was unusually pleasant for late February.  The elite wave was moved forward to 6:45, and 32 climbers lined up in this wave.   The male winner was again Eric Lenninger, again going under 10 minutes with a time of 9:51.  Second place was new climber Dan Walters, off of strong performances at sears tower and oakbrook, coming in at 10:12.  Third was Jesse Berg, coming in at 10:40, … [Read more...]

Wamu Race 2014

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We didn't have our usual "ringers" from out of town, or even many of our local super stars this year at the Wamu race on Dec 4th, but since our X Gym team is so deep with talent, we still won it by an obscene margin. Here is the link to the official individual results:  [Read more...]

Willis tower 2014

The 2014 Willis tower climb was a sellout, with more than 2,600 climbers flooding the lobby on race day.  With dozens of elite athletes jockeying for starting position, competition was fierce for the podium spots. 50 elite climbers gathered for dinner the night before to carbo-load and unwind for the race, one of the largest elite gatherings outside of the event itself.  Several birthdays were noted and celebrated, and a good time was had by all. Making use of the precious extra hour of sleep … [Read more...]

US bank 2014

Friday September 19 2014 was yet another great Ketchum YMCA race at the US bank tower in Los Angeles.  The recent heat wave in Los Angeles made many competitive climbers worried about the 11:45 outdoor start, but luckily, the heat wave broke, and when the elites lined up it was 76 degrees Fahrenheit under a gorgeous cloudless blue sky. With the past few male winners unable to attend, the men’s elite race was wide open and bound to have a new winner.  First place went to Chris Whitney, with a … [Read more...]

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