I Competed in 18 Races in 2017. A Brief Look Back Before I Start Looking Forward.

I published my 2017 Year-End Progress Report a week ago, but it occurred to me the other day that something was missing. It covers my weight loss and maintenance, my workout progress report, and my cardio miles, but there was no mention of my races. And I raced a lot. 

Time to remedy the situation! In the future, I’ll include a race summation in my year-end report, but for 2017, I’m doing it right here, right now.

2017 was a banner year for racing. I competed in 18 races during the calendar year. Thirteen were stair races, and five were running races.

Those thirteen stair races were in ten different cities: Minneapolis, Chicago, Springfield (Illinois), Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oxnard, Culver City, Milwaukee, and Pasadena. It was my first time racing in four of those cities (Minneapolis, Springfield, Milwaukee, and Pasadena), and that brings the total number of cities that I’ve gone to for a stair race to 19. NINETEEN! Time to update my map!

The races themselves were extraordinary:

  • I achieved three personal bests, including one at a hometown race.
  • I raced up the tallest stairwell in the western hemisphere and, for the first time, competed in two races on the very same day.
  • I competed in two power hours – where you continuously climb stairs for an hour straight.
  • I competed in my 50th stair race, and brought my total count to 52.

But here’s my favorite statistic of all: I added up all the floors I raced in 2017, and the grand total was 1,015 stories. WOW!

The running races were cool, too. I ran underneath roller coasters and over a suspension bridge. I set a PR on a particularly challenging race in Palm Springs, and competed in my first trail 10K. In fact, I’ve never done five running races in one year before – my previous high was three. So it was banner year for running, too!

Here’s my rundown of yearly race totals:

  • 2017: 18 races (13 stairs, 5 running)
  • 2016: 16 races (13 stairs, 3 running)
  • 2015: 15 races (13 stairs, 2 running)
  • 2014: 9 races (all stairs)
  • 2013: 4 races (all stairs)
  • 2012: 3 races (1 stairs, 1 running, 1 open water swim)
  • 2011: 2 races (both running)

If you want to take a deep dive into my racing history, check out my race archive – it has links to recaps for every single one of those races, all 67 of them!

My medal rack is getting pretty full!

And there’s no rest for the weary. My first stair race of 2018 is next weekend – the Dallas Vertical Mile, where I will see how many times I can climb the iconic Reunion Tower in two hours.

There will be many more races after that. I’ve already signed for a few, and I’m waiting to see how some things shake out before signing up for more. I hope to share some big race-related announcements soon!

Holy shit. 1,015 stories in one year? That’s more than 6 times up the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world!

Keep it up, David!


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6 Responses to I Competed in 18 Races in 2017. A Brief Look Back Before I Start Looking Forward.

  1. Jeff Dinkin says:

    Awesome stats! I love it!!

  2. lunchmuffin says:

    Good luck in Dallas!

  3. G.M. Grena says:

    Nice job! And it was not just, “the tallest stairwell in the western hemisphere“, but the tallest staircase race in USA history. All the best to you in Dallas–I’m already looking forward to your inspirational recap!

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