Hope everyone had a fun long weekend. I spent most of it stuck on the couch, thanks to my bum foot. I binge-watched every episode of “Stranger Things” (loved it), but I was also productive: I registered for some autumn stair races!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m about to humbly ask you to donate money to charity on my behalf for the umpteenth time, so grab your wallet. I need your help so I can compete in three fantastic events… including my first race in an Olympic venue!
Nope, that’s not a typo. There’s going to be race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted the track and field events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies, during the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics. The first stadium to be used as an Olympic venue TWICE!
I’ll never be an Olympian, but in December, I’ll be racing in the very same stadium as modern-day track superstars Carl Lewis and Florence Griffith Joyner, as well as Babe Zaharias, who won gold twice in ’32, then switched to golf, won 10 LPGA titles, and is widely considered to be one of the best athletes of the 20th century. (Look her up!)
I’m very excited. It’s a stair race, that goes up and down the aisles, and it benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I’ve competed in the CFF Climb in Los Angeles for the past three years, when it was held in a 54-story skyscraper, but they’ve moved it to the Coliseum this year. While I’m bummed I won’t end a race on a rooftop overlooking the entire city, the thought of racing in an Olympic venue gets more and more exciting every time I think about it.
The CFF hasn’t released details about the race yet, so I don’t know how long it is, how many steps or aisles, or anything like that. But there was an option, during registration, to sign up for the “Super Stair Race,” a course twice as long as the as-yet-unannounced regular course. I don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into, but I signed up for that. Why not? As I’ve shown in Portland, Seattle and Denver, I don’t leave unclimbed stairs on the table!
Now it’s time for the polite and gracious request for your hard-earned cash. This race is a fundraiser for the CFF, which does great work for for those dealing with a terrible disease. I need to raise at least $150 to compete at the Coliseum. Can you please help? CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION!
Speaking of the CFF, their Orange County chapter does a stadium stair race every year called Hike the Halo, and I’ve signed up for that as well! It’s a race up and down the aisles in Angel Stadium, and it’ll be my fourth consecutive year. Me at home base:
I set a personal best last year, finishing the 2-mile/2,000 step course in 27.21. That’s my goal to beat this year!
Hope you haven’t put that wallet away! I need to raise at least $100 for the CFF in order to compete in Hike the Halo. Can you please help? CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION!
Lastly, I also registered for a race happening at the end of the month – just a few short weeks away! It’s the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, benefiting the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA, and it’s up to the roof of the 75-story US Bank Tower, which has the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. I’ve done this race three times before (read my most recent race recap), and it’s exhilarating.
One more request for money: I need to raise at least $70 dollars so I can race up the US Bank Tower. Can you please help? CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION!
Thank you so much for your consideration. Racing is a great way that I keep on track with my health and fitness goals. In fact, I just figured out that I’ve done at least one race every month for the past year! In total, I’ve done 19 races since this time last year, most of them stair races, and most of them because you all so kindly gave from your heart to support me.
One of the reasons my injured foot is driving me crazy is because I’m getting anxious to keep training. I give these races my all, and suspending my training due to injury just sucks. My training got off to a great start last month, and I don’t want to lose that momentum!
Keep it up, David!