2016 Seattle/Portland Double Header Race Results

We had good times in Seattle and Portland this year, on January 23 rd and 24th! Saturday morning was the 40 floor Rainier tower, with most of us on the WCL/X Gym team choosing to do the 160 floor option (4X up). X Gym had to have a climber in each category though (40, 80, 120 and 160), so some were spread out in order to win more medals. And X Gym did.  ;-) Here are the official results for the Seattle race: [Read more...]

New Ranking Website Coming 1/1/2016!

You may be excited to learn that a shiny new website will be opening in a few weeks on January 1, 2016. This new site will be the new home of the USA stair ranking system, headed by Alex Workman, David Hanley and others on the USSCA board/council. The current ranking system will no longer be available on this website, but you can simply email or Facebook message David Hanley for the updated current rankings. This website will of course continue to operate as a blog and a reference for … [Read more...]

David’s Stair Training 101

LOVED our "step" brother David's article on his blog. He give fantastic advice for new steppers, so please pass it on to anyone interested in this great sport or who has questions. He pretty much covers it all here: https://keepitupdavid.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/stairracetraining/#comment-47712[Read more...]

49ers Crush Young Broncos in San Diego

The San Diego Towerthon was owned this year by Jeff Dinkin, 49 years old, in the two-hour power climb, and PJ Glassey, 49 years old, in the sprint event. Second and third place in both events went to a couple young broncos in their 30's, namely, Josh Duncan and Jason Larson. Jason got second in the sprint, with Josh coming in third, and Josh won second in the power climb, with Jason coming in third. The official results are here: [Read more...]

Virginia Hilton Race

Guest re-cap by California resident & Virginia native, G.M. Grena: The Mid-Atlantic branch of the American Lung Association (ALA) held its first staircase race in 2014.  They chose the 30-story Hilton Alexandria Mark Center (AMC) hotel in Virginia (just outside DC), though the race only spanned 29 floors since the top floor has luxury accommodations.  The nice thing about ending on floor … [Read more...]

Big Climb Seattle 2015

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

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...]