This page serves as my official record of completed races and physical events. Click on event names to read its race recap and see photos. They’re listed from most recent to oldest.
Most of these are stair races – events where I race up the stairwells in skyscrapers. Want to try one? Click here for Stair Training 101.
July 2016: Escape to Belle Isle 10K. My first 10K in 4 years! A beautiful course around the perimeter of an island in the Detroit River. Official Time: 59:40.
June 2016: San Diego TOWERthon. My second time competing in the most grueling stair race I’ve done: 2 hours of continuous climbing. I completed 16 climbs up a 20-story building AND did a one-time sprint in 3:11.
June 2016: LA Pride Run 5K. I ran a 5K in Griffith Park while wearing a tutu to honor my friend Richard Simmons. Official Time: 31:29.
June 2016: Tower 2 Tower. The first stair race I’ve done that included two buildings (36 stories total), a downstairs portion, and an obstacle course in the middle. Official Time: 13:34.
May 2016: XTERRA Malibu Creek 6K. My first mountain trail race! Truly a special and unique experience. Official Time: 43:57.
April 2016: Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb. The worst race of my career… at one point I didn’t think I’d finish! But I did, crossing the finish line 63 stories up, with an Official Time of 15:38.
April 2016: San Diego Fight For Air Climb. This short race is a sprint – 32 stories – but I knocked 9 seconds off my PR! And then… I raced it again. Official Time: 5:23
March 2016: San Francisco Fight For Air Climb. A triumphant return to 555 California, where I finished in 11:53 – a PR by nearly 2.5 minutes!
February 2016: Scale the Strat 2016. It’s been two years since I raced up the tallest observation tower in the US, and I set a 2:37 minute PR! Official Time: 12:43.
February 2016: Ultimate Climb. My first time racing up stairs in a high-altitude city, up the tallest building in Denver. I climbed a 56-story building 4 times in one hour!
January 2016: Portland Fight For Air Climb. Nailed a 20-second PR during the multi-climb race: 4 times up the 40-story US Bancorp Tower! Official Time: 35:30.
January 2016: Seattle Fight For Air Climb. Climbed 160 stories (4 times up the 40-story Rainier Tower) in 31:36 (Official Time) – that’s a PR by 3:37! The largest PR in my stair-racing career.
December 2015: Hike the Halo. Shattered my PR by over 2 minutes in this race up and down the aisles at Angel Stadium. The third time’s a charm! Official Time: 27:21.
November 2015: Los Angeles CF Climb. My third year climbing 54 stories to the roof! Didn’t set a PR, but was 2 seconds faster than last year! Official Time 12:27.
October 2015: The Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge. A 3.7 mile run, uphill – with a 2,000 foot elevation change! It was grueling, but in gorgeous surroundings. Official Time: 1:00:46.
October 2015: Base 2 Space. The inaugural stair climb race in the iconic Space Needle in Seattle! Made it to the 52nd floor in 9:19 (Official Time)!
September 2015: Stair Climb for Los Angeles. It was my third time racing up the tallest building on the west coast, and it just wasn’t my day. I had my slowest time ever (Official Time: 20:35), but I managed to turn my day around by climbing the building two more times – for fun.
August 2015: Conquer the Overlook. A very challenging, hilly 5K that ended with a 282-step stair climb up the side of a huge hill. A very unique race that I finished in 38:42 (Official Time).
May 2015: Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb, New York City. What a powerful, profound day. I competed in the inaugural stair race in the new One World Trade Center buidling, just feet from where the twin towers stood. Made it 90 stories in 25:01 (Official Time), and honored to participate in such a meaningful event.
May 2015: Heroes Memorial Climb, Dallas. Never been to Dallas before, and on my first visit, I raced up the 57-story Reunion Tower…twice! Official Time: 19:53.
April 2015: Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb 2015. This is my fourth time racing in the 63-story Aon Center. This was where I did my very first race three years ago, and this race marked my 20th stair race! Official Time: 16:29.
March 2015: San Francisco Fight For Air Climb 2015. I raced up the 53-story 555 California building, and made it up in 14:20 (Official Time), after being sick for a few days. Great views from the top!
March 2015: Warrior Dash. My first time doing a 5k race filled with muddy obstacles, and it was a blast. It wasn’t timed, but you should definitely click the link, because there are some incredibly fun, mud-filled photos!
March 2015: Phoenix Fight For Air Climb 2015. My first time in Phoenix, and while there, I climbed two towers twice, for a total of 106 stories! Made it to the finish line in 24:16 (official time)!
March 2015: Detroit Fight For Air Climb 2015. My home state race! I got to the top of the 70-story Renaissance Center in 11:28 (Official Time), and battled some annoying obstacles along the way.
January 2015: Portland Fight For Air Climb 2015. I raced 4 times up the 40-story US Bancorp Tower. That’s 160 stories, and just one day after doing the same thing in Seattle (see below)! Official Time: 35:50.
January 2015: Seattle Fight For Air Climb 2015. My first race of 2015! Four times up the 40-story Rainier Tower. I completed 160 stories in an Official Time of 35:13!
December 2014: Hike the Halo 2014. This race, at Angel Stadium, combines running with 2,000 stairs. I set a personal best, and finished 20th overall and 9th among all men! Official Time: 29:31.
November 2014: Los Angeles CF Climb. My second year racing up the 54-story Figueroa at Wilshire building. I didn’t beat last year’s time, but I gave it my all and finished in 12:29!
November 2014: Chicago CF Climb. A 58-story race in 300 N. LaSalle, right on the Chicago River. I came in 42nd among all men, with an official time of 13:44!
November 2014: SkyRise Chicago. The tallest stair climb race in the country, at the iconic Willis (Sears) Tower! There’s 103 stories and 2,115 steps, and I finished in 27:49!
September 2014: Stair Climb For Los Angeles. My second year racing up the tallest building on the west coast. Last year, I climbed 75 stories/1,664 steps in 20:29. This year, my official time was 18:30!
May 2014: San Diego TOWERthon. The hardest race I’ve ever done. First, a 20-story sprint (Official Time: 3:01.9). Then, a two-hour race to see who can climb a 20-story building the most times… exhausting! I completed 17 climbs.
April 2014: Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb 2014. My 3rd time racing up the 63-story Aon Center. My goal was to set a personal record, and with an Official Time of 15:14, I reached my goal by 10 seconds! BONUS RECAP VIDEO: Click here for an awesome video that brings you along for the climb!
March 2014: San Diego Fight For Air Climb 2014. A stair climb race up 32 stories in the One America Plaza building. I beat my goal by over 90 seconds and crossed the finish line in 5:32 (Official Time!).
March 2014: Scale the Strat 2014. My first out-of-state stair race, up the Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas. There are 1,455 steps to the observation deck, and I climbed them in 15:06 (Official Time)!
November 2013: CF Climb 2013. A race up the stairwell of the 54-story Figueroa at Wilshire building in Los Angeles. I set a personal record for my pace, and climbed the 1,245 steps in 12:10 (Official Time)!
November 2013: Hike The Halo 2013. A race at Angel Stadium that combined stair climbing and running. The 2-mile course had 2,000+ steps. I finished 3rd in my division (!) with an official time of 30:20.
September 2013: Stair Climb for Los Angeles. A race up the US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi. I made it to the top of the 75-story, 1,664 step skyscraper in 20:29 (Official Time)!
April 2013: Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb 2013. Despite a lack of training and a cold I was fighting, I still raced up the stairs to the top of the 63-story Aon Center in 17:21 (Official Time).
November 2012: weSPARK’s 4th Annual 10K Run. The first event I’ve done twice. I was invited to officially start the race. Then that invitation was revoked (read about it here), but I did help pass out medals during the ceremony afterwards. zthe race itself, through the backlots at Universal Studios, was awesome. Official Time: 1:03:37.
August 2012: Distance Swim Challenge (1.2 Mile Open Water Swim). My first attempt at ocean swimming. I was hoping to complete the Venice Beach race in under 40 minutes, and I clobbered that goal, and didn’t lose any limbs to hungry sharks! Official Time: 36:37.7
May 2012: BolderBOULDER Memorial Day 10K Race. My second 10K. I’ve never run so far in a high altitude before, but I ended up finishing only 2 seconds slower than my personal best! The finish line, inside the crowded football stadium at the University of Colorado, was pretty spectacular. Official Time: 59:08:46.
May 2012: Burj Khalifa StairMaster Challenge. My first self-designed stair challenge. It was to climb the equivalent of the world’s tallest building, the 163-story Burj Khalifa. This event was a fundraiser, bringing in $1,600+ for charity. I made a 3-minute video documenting the climb – watch it on YouTube. Official Time: 44:13.
March 2012: Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb 2012. My first stair climb, up the stairwell, from sidewalk to roof, of the 63-story Aon Center skyscraper. Official Time: 15:24.
November 2011: 1st Annual Louisville Turkey Trot 5K. My first 5K, in Louisville, Colorado. I ran it with my sister, Sarah, on Thanksgiving Day. Official Time: 26:57.
November 2011: weSPARK’s 3rd Annual 10K Run. My first official 10K! The course was through the backlots at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Read more statistics here and see official race photos here. Official Time: 59:06.5.
October 2011: The Six Strip Club Challenge. My first running goal, before ever running in any official races, was of my own design. It was to complete a route in my neighborhood that would take me past all six local strip clubs (classy neighborhood, huh?). I completed the 6.4 mile route in 1 hour, 6 minutes!
I can’t wait to keep adding to this list!
KEEP IT UP, DAVID!