After looking back on 2014, it’s time to look ahead. I’m also gonna look up, because there are LOTS of stairs in my future!
I went berserk and signed up for a slew of stair races, all happening in the next three months. They’re all listed below. The first four are new to me, and in cities I’ve never raced in before. The fifth is in Los Angeles, and it will be the fourth time I’ve competed in this particular race.
All of these races are Fight For Air fundraisers for the American Lung Association, and I’m honored that I get to support a great cause while doing what I love. Speaking of fundraising… can you make a donation towards one of my climbs? Doesn’t matter how big or how small – every dollar counts. Keep reading for the links!
Here’s where I’m headed…
Seattle. January 24, 2015. Rainier Tower. Rainier Tower is 40 stories tall, and it’s a super cool building, because it looks like it’s defying gravity. Racers have the option of climbing it once, twice, thrice, or four times. I’m not flying all the way there to not climb stairs, so I signed up for four climbs. That’s 160 stories.
Portland. January 25, 2015. US Bancorp Tower. This race is the day after Seattle, in another 40-story building. There’s also a multi-climb option, and, once again, I signed up for four climbs. Another 160 stories. I may not survive this weekend!
I need to raise $100 to compete in these two races. Can you help? [UPDATE, 1/13/15, 11am: Thanks to some amazing donors (Jeff, Suzanne, and Sandee), my fundraising is covered for Seattle and Portland! THANK YOU! Keep reading for additional donation opportunities!]
Detroit. March 1, 2015. Renaissance Center. I’m going back to my home state for my first Michigan race! The Renaissance Center, which serves as GM’s world headquarters, is located right on the Detroit River, and has multiple towers. I’ll be racing 70 stories up the tallest one, which is a Marriott hotel.
My parents have generously offered to cover my fundraising needs for the Detroit race, so you all are off the hook for this one! Thanks, mom and dad!
San Francisco. March 28, 2015. 555 California Street. My first race in San Francisco! 555 California Street is 52 stories tall, nicknamed “The Triple Nickel,” and my sister-in-law Alexis used to work in it. I’m excited to make it to the top!
I need to raise $125 to compete in San Francisco. Can you help? CLICK HERE to donate to my San Francisco race.
Los Angeles. April 11, 2015. Aon Center. The Aon Center was where I did my very first stair race, and it will be the only building I’ve raced up 4 times. It’s 63 stories tall. Time to set another personal record!
I need to raise $125 to compete in Los Angeles. [UPDATE, 1/18/15, 1am: Thanks to some amazing donors (Justin, Joanne & Joe, Anita), my fundraising is covered for Los Angeles! THANK YOU!]
During last year’s Aon Center race, I strapped a GoPro to my forehead and filmed the entire race. Here’s a four-minute video so you can experience what a stair race is like:
With all these races lined up ahead of me, it sure makes my Empire State Building rejection seem like diddly-squat!
Many sane people would think that five races is enough, but I’m not done yet. I’m going to sign up for a sixth race, in May, as soon as registration opens, and I have my eye on a seventh.
Time to resume training!
Keep it up, David!