Hey, look! It’s me!
I’m featured in the April 2018 issue of Downtown magazine, a local paper that serves Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and Rochester, Michigan! I was interviewed last month by reporter Kevin Elliott, who asked me about my weight loss and stair racing career, and put together a really wonderful article about me. Thanks, Kevin!
Even though I live in Los Angeles, I grew up in Bloomfield Hills and attended Birmingham schools, and I am grateful to be included as one of their April “Faces,” alongside a fine artist, car designer, concert violinist, comic book writer, and non-profit founder.
If you live in one of those communities, chances are your copy of Downtown has already been delivered – you can find my article on page 75. If not, don’t fret – you can read it online here.
It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the U.S. tower runner rankings. TowerRunning USA, the national organization dedicated to promoting stair racing, selects a few dozen races every year and awards points to everyone that participates in them, based on the official results. The more points you earn, the higher your national ranking is.
When I first learned about the ranking system, in 2013 or so, I had only done a couple races and my was rank was in the thousands. In 2015, I was so geeked when I learned I was ranked #148 – the first time I had broken into the top 200. In 2016, my ranking jumped to #123 – my highest ranking yet.
And then, for the last two years, I stopped paying attention. It’s not so much that I didn’t care, it’s that my priorities shifted. Higher-profile and super competitive races are worth more points, and I know plenty of folks that build their race schedule around them, in an attempt to earn as many points as possible. That was very much on my radar a few years back.
But then I decided to go after the opportunities that excited me, not the points. For me, that means racing in new cities, and in new buildings, and planning racing trips around the opportunity to see family and friends, regardless if those races have a high point value or not.
It was a decision that has worked out very well. I’m so proud that I’ve raced in 19 different U.S. cities – add in my Eiffel Tower race, and I’ve raced in 20 cities total! (The Eiffel Tower race, by the way, had no impact on my ranking, as it wasn’t held on U.S. soil.)
Luckily for me, my opportunities-driven racing has overlapped nicely with high-point races, because I checked a couple months ago, and for the very first time ever, I was ranked in the top 100! Ranked 99th – out of nearly 14,000 men. WHOA!
That ranking didn’t last long. With the next update, a week later, I was pushed back into the triple digits – #106.
But now that I’m flirting with the top 100, I’m checking a little more regularly, and get this: I now have my highest ranking EVER: #97!
If you’ve done a stair race recognized by TowerRunning USA in the past year, you too are ranked! Check out the TowerRunning USA website to see the list of races that award points, and plug your name in the database to see your ranking!
This may all change in a week or two. While I have a couple stair races in the next two months, I don’t think I can earn enough points to affect my ranking, so if I drop out of the top 100, it’s because of other guys that are competing at races around the country that I’m not attending.
In the meantime, it’s something cool to celebrate. I’m in the top 100, baby!
Keep it up, David!