Happy Birthday, Brian, and Rest In Peace

July 22, 2019
Brian Zamboni, competing during a race in Dallas.

Earlier this year, I competed in a 6-hour stair race in Salt Lake City. During the race, a friend named Brian Zamboni suffered a massive heart attack, collapsed, and ultimately passed away a few days later.

I first met Brian a few years back. We met when Brian approached me at a race to talk about this blog, which he had found helpful. We weren’t super close, but I enjoyed chatting with him at various races across the country. He was kind, supportive, and friendly, and I admired his focus and drive in the stairwell.

I think about Brian frequently, especially Read the rest of this entry »

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What The Hill? Plus, A #40Years40Races Update

June 23, 2019

Another weekend, another race, another finishers medal!

This one was earned at What The Hill?, a 5-ish mile trail race in Rochester Hills, Michigan. (They actually use “5-ish miles” to promote the event!) It was an extraordinarily difficult event – by far the hardest trail race I’ve ever done. (Which isn’t saying a lot, because this is only my fourth.)

Why was it so hard? Because of the hills. Read the rest of this entry »


I Just Learned About These Epic Public Stairs, Just Minutes From My Childhood Home

July 24, 2018

Isn’t is fantastic when you learn something new about the area where you grew up? I spent decades not paying attention to stairs, but now that I seek them out for workout purposes, I find them everywhere!

This monster set of stairs is in Read the rest of this entry »