One of the ways I keep motivated is by undertaking fitness challenges. I enjoy the process of setting a goal and then training hard and working towards that goal – but the feeling of completing the goal is second-to-none!
This page will serve as my official record of completed races and events. Click on event names to read my race recap of the event and see photos. They’re listed from most recent to oldest.
March 2014: Scale the Strat 2014. My first out-of-state stair race, up the Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas. There are 1,455 steps to the observation deck, and I climbed them in 15:06 (Official Time)!
November 2013: CF Climb 2013. A race up the stairwell of the 54-story Figueroa at Wilshire building in Los Angeles. I set a personal record for my pace, and climbed the 1,245 steps in 12:10 (Official Time)!
November 2013: Hike The Halo 2013. A race that combined stair climbing and running, held at Angel Stadium. The 2-mile course had 2,000+ steps. I finished 3rd in my division (!) with an official time of 30:20.
September 2013: Stair Climb for Los Angeles. My first race up the US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi. I made it to the top of the 75-story, 1,679 step skyscraper in 20:29 (Official Time)!
April 2013: Fight For Air Climb 2013. I didn’t train as much as I did for this event last year, and I was fighting a cold that week, but I still raced up the stairs to the top of the 63-story Aon Center in 17:21 (Official Time). I was hoping to make it on the roof in under 20 minutes, and I succeeded!
November 2012: weSPARK’s 4th Annual 10K Run. The first event I’ve done twice. This was a great day, because based on my blog from last year’s event, I was invited to officially start the race. In a very Hollywood turn of events, that invitation was revoked (read about it here), but I was asked to help pass out medals during the ceremony afterwards, and the race itself, through the backlots at Universal Studios, was awesome. Official Time: 1:03:37.
August 2012: Distance Swim Challenge (1.2 Mile Open Water Swim). My first attempt at ocean swimming – turns out it’s a lot harder than pool swimming! The event was held in Venice Beach, with big buoys marking the course. I was hoping to complete the race in under 40 minutes, and I clobbered that goal, and didn’t lose any limbs to hungry sharks! Official Time: 36:37.7
May 2012: BolderBOULDER Memorial Day 10K Race. My second 10K. I’ve never run so far in a high altitude before, but I ended up finishing only 2 seconds slower than my personal best! The finish line, inside the crowded football stadium at the University of Colorado, was pretty spectacular. Official Time: 59:08:46.
May 2012: Burj Khalifa StairMaster Challenge. My first self-designed stair challenge. It was to climb the equivalent of the world’s tallest building, the 163-story Burj Khalifa. This event was a fundraiser, bringing in over $1,600 for the Whaley Children’s Center in Flint, Michigan. I made a 3-minute video documenting the climb – watch it on YouTube. Official Time: 44:13.
Mar 2012: Fight For Air Climb 2012. My first stair climb, up the stairwell, from sidewalk to roof, of the 63-story Aon Center skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles. Official Time: 15:24.
Nov 2011: 1st Annual Louisville Turkey Trot 5K. My first 5K, in Louisville, Colorado. I ran it with my sister, Sarah, about two weeks after my first 10K. Official Time: 26:57.
Nov 2011: weSPARK’s 3rd Annual 10K Run. My first official 10K! The course was through the backlots at Universal Studios in Hollywood (the above picture was taken amidst the plane crash wreckage from “War of the Worlds”). Read more statistics here and see official race photos here. Official Time: 59:06.5.
Oct 2011: The Six Strip Club Challenge. My first running goal, before ever running in any official races, was of my own design. It was to complete a route in my neighborhood that would take me past all six local strip clubs (classy neighborhood, huh?). I completed the 6.4 mile route in 1 hour, 6 minutes!
I can’t wait to keep adding to this list!
KEEP IT UP, DAVID!