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...]

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...]

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...]

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