New cup race: 300 N LaSalle The US Tower Running Federation is pleased to announce the addition of the CF Climb at 300 N LaSalle to the US cup as a 100-point climb. This race is in its fifth year, and is an extremely well run and timed 58 floor race in an excellent building located in downtown Chicago.  300N is an architectural masterpiece, one of the newest buildings in downtown chicago, and a platinum certified “green” structure.  This race regularly … [Read more...]

Hancock 2014


Hustle up the hancock 2014 represented a surge in performance for new and returning men’s climbers, while representing a bit of a return of the old guard on the women’s side.   The day was gorgeous; after a long hard winter, it was warm and clear in the morning, and approaching the race in shorts and tee shirts was comfortable.  Unfortunately, this made for hot conditions in the stairwell, and most racers were covered with sweat after only a few minutes in the stairs.   Marking a … [Read more...]

2014 USA Championship Race Results

Strat team

Holy 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 [Read more...]

2013 WaMu Tower Stair Race Results

So one of my New Year's resolutions is to carve out the time to put up more posts on this site. I have been meaning to start this for about a year now, but now that it's an official resolution, it will happen. One of my character flaws is that I feel like a post or video has to be perfect or don't do it at all, so getting rid of that attitude is another resolution I made. Having said all that, you can expect more posts, but … [Read more...]

Illinois High School P.E. Teacher attempts stair climbing world record Sat, Nov 23, 2013

Justin Stewart, a 26 year old Physical Education teacher and track coach from Springfield, IL, will have one goal this Saturday: Climbing Stairs!  But not a normal amount of stairs; Justin is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for climbing the most vertical feet via ascending stairs in a 12 hour period.  The current record was set in 2011 by Chris Solarz from New York City when he climbed 58,080 stairs or 33,000 feet, which to put in perspective is:

Willis Tower 2013

The 2013 SkyRise climb featured 2311 climbers racing each other up 2115 steps ( 1353 feet, 413 meters ) to the top of the Willis Tower. It also raised over one million dollars for RIC--the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  The event boasted a large elite field of runners from three continents, with climbers … [Read more...]

Justin Crushes Long Standing La Mesa Staircase Record

Justin Stewart demolished my 3 year old record at the La Mesa outdoor staircase on 2/23/13. I broke my record too, which I was really happy about, but Justin broke it more. Darn that punk. If I wasn't there to film it myself, I wouldn't have believed it was possible to run 250 stairs, cross 2 streets and sprint several flat straights in 1 minute and 9 seconds, but he did it. And that was coming straight from a run up Cowles Mountain which boasts 1000 vertical feet in 1.2 miles. He did … [Read more...]