I Competed in the Longest, Hardest, and Most Exhausting Event of My Life: A SIX-HOUR Stair Race! (OutClimb Cancer Challenge Race Recap)

March 4, 2019

When my alarm went off at 4:45am Saturday morning, the first thing I did was take a few deep breaths. This was going to be a day like none other I’ve experienced. I was going to push myself harder than ever before, in a challenge that would redefine what I’m capable of, what I could endure, and what I can rise above.

And it was all going to happen in this building, glowing in the pre-dawn darkness, just across the plaza from my Salt Lake City hotel room.

While short compared to towers in other cities, the Read the rest of this entry »

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A San Diego Stair Adventure!

January 21, 2019

I was in San Diego over the weekend, and met up with my friend Z at one of his favorite stair training venues… and it was awesome!

We met at San Diego Mesa College, a community college that’s literally on a geographical mesa. The campus is Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


To Chase and Be Chased (2018 Hike the Halo Race Recap)

December 9, 2018

My final race of 2018 is now in the books! And at a very familiar venue:

ANGEL STADIUM! The race was Hike the Halo, an annual event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and it’s the only event I do that’s Read the rest of this entry »


The Manitou Incline Has 2,768 Steps… The Longest Stairway I’ve Ever Climbed!

December 2, 2018

Check out this view!

Now check out this feat: I’m at the top of the Manitou Incline, a 2,768-step stairway that goes straight up the side of a mountain in Colorado. It’s the longest flight of stairs I’ve ever climbed – and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. Read the rest of this entry »


Climbing to New Heights in San Francisco! (Runyon Up Race Recap)

October 22, 2018

When I arrived at the brand new Salesforce Tower in San Francisco yesterday, the top was still shrouded in fog. I took a breath and realized that soon I’ll be climbing to the top of a skyscraper that I can’t fully see!

I’m always excited by a stair race, but I take particular pleasure in Read the rest of this entry »


Using Every Method Possible to Get to the Top! (Stair Climb for Los Angeles 2018 Race Recap)

September 30, 2018

I didn’t think I was ready for a stair race. Not yet. It was only a few weeks ago that I was cleared to exercise again after recovering from my LASIK surgery, and getting back into shape has been challenging. And yet, on Friday, I pinned a bib to my shirt and looked up at the skyscraper housing the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. Gulp!

This was my sixth year racing at the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, a fundraiser benefiting the Downtown-Ketchum YMCA, so I knew what to expect: Read the rest of this entry »