The finish line is in sight, folks. I recently competed in my 36th race of the year, which means… I only have four to go! I’m already registered for three of them, and those three are all stair races in skyscrapers. That alone is exciting, because I haven’t raced in a skyscraper since my Cleveland race in June.
These three races are also all fundraisers, and that’s also exciting, because who doesn’t love helping worthy causes? I wish I had the forethought, when I began racing seven years ago, to keep track of all the money I’ve raised during these races, because it’s bound to be a staggering number, well into the thousands. It’s a great feeling to put that sort of energy out in the world.
And now it’s time to do some more fundraising, and I could use your help! I have three races coming up, and each one benefits a different cause. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated! And, no matter the size of your donation, you’ll get a shout-out on my race recap blog post for that race!
November 3 – SkyRise Chicago. My third time racing up the stairs in the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower). This is the tallest indoor stair race on earth, and it raises money for the nation’s best rehabilitation hospital – the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
My goal is to beat my personal best from 2017, which was the last time I competed in this race. I climbed up 105 stories in 25:18. I need to raise $150 in order to compete. **UPDATE: GOAL MET!**
November 9 – Steeltown Stair Climb. My third international race! I’m traveling to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to compete in a race up 100 King St W, a 25-story tower. I’m very excited to add to my international race tally, even though this race is only a four-hour drive from home. (My other international races, by the way, were in the Eiffel Tower and CN Tower.)
I’ve done dozens of races that benefit the American Lung Association, and this race benefits the Canadian arm of that same charity. In Canada, it’s just called The Lung Association, and this race is being put on by the Ontario Chapter.
I need to raise $100 for The Lung Association in order to compete. **UPDATE: GOAL MET!**
November 23 – Gift of Adoption Michigan Stair Climb. Finally – a local stair race! This will only be my second skyscraper race in the state of Michigan, and it’s in Southfield, a Detroit suburb that’s only 15 minutes from my house.
The race is at 2000 Town Center, a 28-story building that I’ve driven past my whole life. My dad’s office used to be in this very office park – although in a much smaller, shorter building.
I’m signed up for the Power Hour, which means I’ll be climbing that building as many times as possible in 60 minutes – stairs up, elevator down. And I’m super excited, because I rounded up 14 friends from work to race with me!
This race benefits the Gift of Adoption Fund, a non-profit that helps families cover adoption-related costs. I technically am not required to raise anything, but I set up a donation page, so if you’d like to contribute to a great cause, you can do so. CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
I am appreciative for anything you can contribute to these races. That said, please consider donating to SkyRise first, since that race is coming up next.
Also know that I take donations very seriously. I intend to give these races everything I’ve got. I want to make my very kind and generous sponsors proud!
Keep it up, David!
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