New Climb Created!

I’m super excited about the new climb created to benefit the American Lung Association! It’s the longest urban stair climb in the world, and it’s right here in our back yard.  The race takes place in the Bellevue Towers, and climbers will have a choice of doing a 45, 91 or 182 floor race.  It is limited to only 1,000 racers, and racers come from all over the world, so if you want to climb, get all the details here, and sign up quick!

For those who want to be in top climbing shape with the latest in tips and winning strategies, I will also be offering boot camps soon, so stay tuned for further info.

A unique climb

This climb will be interesting to say the least. There are two towers, and two stairwells in each tower. The stairs are metal, and the floors are residential height. What does this mean? It means it will be FAST baby! Since it is a private residential project, there is no practicing allowed, but I estimate times for the 45 floor climb to be in the mid to low 4 minute range for elites, and 10 minutes for “normal” people.

Those who do the 91 floor climb will get 5 minutes of rest between runs because they will need time to take the elevator back down and get over to the other tower. For the 182 floor climb,  there are three segments of 5 minute rests.  Recovery will be fast on these courses, so I estimate climbing times of 10-25 minutes for the 91 floor racers and 20-60 minutes for the 182 maniacs.

I do best on the sprint stuff, so I’m sticking to the 45 floor climb. There are some hard-core distance people at the X Gym though, so we should do fairly well as a team (We always do.) … As you may know, the X Gym team has pretty much dominated the top ranks of climbing for several months now (you can browse through some earlier posts for the details). Now we are looking for some new competition.

Let’s sweeten the challenge

Do you think you can beat the X Gym team? I bet you can’t. In fact, we’re putting money on it! I’m inviting all the teams who think they can win to put $100 into a pot. The team that does actually win gets to donate the prize money in their team’s name. the winning team gets the credit and the ALA ends up being the winner in the end. That’s how it should be, right? It’s a fundraiser after all, and for a great cause too!

Who is the X Gym team? Could be you.

Remember, if you are a present or past X Gym member, train with the X Gym DVD, or have attended an X Gym stair boot camp, you qualify to sign up with the X Gym team! If you don’t qualify yet, just take our upcoming boot camp and you’re golden. More on that later. For now, check out the X Gym stair training page. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to know! Stair racing is not as simple as you might think…

And, remember, you don’t need to be an elite racer or ultra athlete to join the race. Just be willing to put in a little training, get your heart-rate going, and then take it one step at a time. And, as with most benefit races, you can even sign up to climb as ‘non-timed.’

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