“He’s Going For It!” (2018 Tower 2 Tower Race Recap)

June 3, 2018

How’s this for a triumphant post-race photo?

Me, on the roof of the tallest building in Ventura County, with nothing but blue sky in every direction. The truth is, though, that I wasn’t feeling triumphant at all. I had just competed in an extremely difficult race, and instead of feeling like I had conquered the stairwell, I felt like the stairs had conquered me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Break? What Break? I Just Did the Lemon Climb Denver! (Race Recap)

May 14, 2018

On Saturday, my sister Sarah and I competed in The Lemon Climb Denver, a 43-story stair race to the top of a tall Colorado skyscraper.

You: Really? A stair race? I thought you were taking a break!

Me: I am taking a break. But the break, while necessary, was a spontaneous decision, and I had registered for this race months ago, accepted money from Read the rest of this entry »


Hometown Love From Downtown AND A Ranking Update That’s Long Overdue

April 26, 2018

Hey, look! It’s me!

I’m featured in the April 2018 issue of Downtown magazine, a local paper that serves Read the rest of this entry »


Every Second Counts (2018 San Francisco Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 23, 2018

Racing up stairs is challenging. That’s an understatement, actually. It’s excruciating difficult and ridiculously exhausting. Due to the intense nature of the sport, every single second counts. My goal, when I race up a building I’ve raced before, is simple: be faster than last time.  On Saturday, I had another opportunity to reach that goal, and I only had to climb 1,029 steps to make it happen.

The race was Read the rest of this entry »


“Made It To The Top!” (2018 Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 15, 2018

I competed, on Saturday, for my seventh consecutive year, in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in Los Angeles. The title for this post comes from a sign I saw on the roof after the race, which echoed exactly what I was feeling after a particularly tough climb.

The race was up 63 stories in the stairwell of Read the rest of this entry »


Five Races Under My Belt So Far This Year… and Five More in the Next Five Weeks!

April 5, 2018

I’ve been thinking lately about my very first stair race, at the Aon Center in Los Angeles. It happened six years ago, and while I can remember it vividly, it also seems like a lifetime ago.

I’ll be returning to the Aon Center a week from Saturday, for my seventh consecutive year racing up the 63-story stairwell. It will be Read the rest of this entry »


How Do You Say ‘Joy, Pride, Exhaustion and Tears’ in French? (Eiffel Tower Vertical Race Recap)

March 20, 2018

16 minutes and 17 seconds. That’s how long it took me to race up all the stairs in the Eiffel Tower.

16 minutes and 17 seconds, during which I smiled, sweated, screamed, cried, and pushed myself as hard as I could go, and then even harder.

This wasn’t just another stair race. This felt like an event I’ve been working towards for eight years; a destination that I was always meant to reach, even though I didn’t even know it was on the horizon until a few months ago.

The race was La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel – the Eiffel Tower Vertical. It’s one of the most Read the rest of this entry »