2018 Year-End Race Report – I Competed in 16 Races!

My 2018 Year-End Progress Report is one of my favorite posts, and now it’s a two-parter! I covered weight loss maintenance and exercise in the first part (read it here), and now I’m going to nerd out on all my races.

In 2018, I competed in 16 races. Thirteen were stair races, and three were running races. Those thirteen stair races were in eleven different cities: Dallas, Portland, Las Vegas, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Oxnard, Culver City, Pasadena, and Anaheim.

Did you notice how I slipped Paris in there? It’s true! I competed in my first international race, up the stairs in the Eiffel Tower. I was only one of three Americans that were selected in 2018. Paris is the 20th city where I’ve competed in the stair race! Time to update my map!

There were lots of other notable race accomplishments, too:

  • I competed in my longest stair race to date, the Dallas Vert Mile, which involved climbing 600 stories in 2.5 hours. I’ve never climbed so many stories in one morning. (And guess what? I’m going back to Dallas this weekend to do that race again!)
  • I was joined by a record four family members at stair races this year: three at a San Francisco race, and one at a Denver race.
  • I added three new skyscrapers to my list of buildings that I’ve raced: Salesforce Tower, 1999 Broadway, and the Eiffel Tower (which is more of a tower than a skyscraper, but you catch my drift).
  • I set a new personal best, by two seconds, at the 101 California tower in San Francisco.
  • I brought my total count of stair races up to a whopping 65.

But here’s my favorite statistic for the year: The total number of floors I raced up in 2018 was… 1,261 stories. Gulp!

I didn’t do as many running races as last year, but the ones I did were pretty sweet. I tackled the all-uphill Tram Road Challenge in Palm Springs for the third time, and did races at a world-famous racetrack and a historic World War II blimp hangar.

I’ve updated my rundown of yearly race totals:

  • 2018: 16 races (13 stairs, 3 running)
  • 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 deeper dive into my racing history, check out my race archive – it has links to recaps for every single one of those races, all 80 of them!

And 2019 is shaking up to be an exciting race year, too. I hope to share some big race-related announcements soon, including, hopefully, my second international race!

Keep it up, David!


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