600 Stories or Bust! (2019 Dallas Vert Mile Race Recap)

January 15, 2019

It was 5:05am when I arrived at the Reunion Tower in Dallas yesterday, underneath a swirl of dancing, colorful lights. I was here to compete, for the second time, in the hardest race I’ve ever done.

The Dallas Vert Mile had been on my calendar for months, but a pre-race knot formed in my stomach as I Read the rest of this entry »

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I Competed in the Dallas Vert Mile and Climbed More Stairs In One Day Than EVER Before

January 16, 2018

I was lying on the carpet, unable to move. Pain and fatigue pulsed through my body, and every limb felt heavy, like I was being pressed into the floor. A woman appeared, looking down at me. “Are you finished?” I nodded, and she disappeared, only to return a few seconds later, ripping open a little plastic pouch with her teeth. She pulled a gorgeous multi-colored medal from the pouch, and I reached up, slowly, and took it from her. I pushed a few words out, in between gasps for air: “It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” She laughed and walked away, and as I rested the medal on my chest, my vision suddenly got cloudy. My eyes were filling with tears, and I started sobbing, nearly 500 feet above the Dallas sidewalk.

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Before I begin this recap of my experiences at the Dallas Vert Mile, I want to remind everyone reading this that Read the rest of this entry »


A College Campus Invasion (Final Preparations for New York!)

May 14, 2015

Quick Sidebar: How awesome is this photo? It was taken by the event photographer at the Heroes Memorial Climb in Dallas. My pal Scott was the first to show it to me, via Facebook, and I literally did a double-take, because I didn’t think it was me. But it is, just a few steps away from completing a 114-story climb.

David Reunion Tower - CROP

There’s one more photo I forgot to include in yesterday’s post: Read the rest of this entry »


Heroes Memorial Climb, Dallas (Race Recap)

May 12, 2015

What do Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Detroit, Phoenix and San Francisco have in common? They’re all cities I’ve done stair races in! And now I can add a tenth city to the list – that’s right, MY TENTH CITY! That’s because this past weekend, I raced…

…in DALLAS!

Looking-Up-Reunion-Tower

The event was the inaugural Heroes Memorial Climb, which Read the rest of this entry »


AM I CRAZY?! I’ve Signed Up for Three More Stair Races, in Three Different States!

April 20, 2015

My recent race in the Aon Center in Los Angeles was my sixth stair race of 2015. I haven’t mentioned any other races, but it turns out… I’ve been keeping a few secrets. I’ve actually signed up for three more stair races. One of them is the inaugural race at an iconic skyscraper that opened last fall to international fanfare, after years of anticipation.

Need another hint? It’s one of the buildings in this photo:

Travel-2015-Year Ahead

YEP! On Sunday, May 17th, I’m going to race up the stairs of ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER in New York City!
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