My First Third Place Medal at a Stair Race! (Steeltown Stair Climb Race Recap)

November 11, 2019

Four minutes and fifty-two seconds. It only took four minutes and fifty seconds to accomplish something I’ve never accomplished before: My first age group podium finish at a stair race!

I’ll get into all the juicy details in a bit. First, let me back up a few hundred steps. On Saturday, I competed in the Steeltown Stair Climb, a stair race in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada that benefited The Lung Association. It was my second race in Canada – after the CN Tower race in April – and my third international race! Read the rest of this entry »


I Just Want To Be Able To Move After This! (SkyRise Chicago 2019 Race Recap)

November 7, 2019

Hello, Willis Tower!

You may know this towering skyscraper as Sears Tower. I know it as the home to the tallest stairwell in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest stair race, too!

SkyRise Chicago, which benefits the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, has a start line two floors below ground, and a finish line on the 103rd floor. There’s 105 floors, and 2,159 steps, in between. Read the rest of this entry »


Can You Help Me With My Final Few #40Years40Races Events?

October 21, 2019

The finish line is in sight, folks. I recently competed in my 36th race of the year, which means… I only have four to go! I’m already registered for three of them, and those three are all stair races in skyscrapers. That alone is exciting, because I haven’t raced in a skyscraper since my Cleveland race in June.

These three races are also all fundraisers, and that’s also exciting, because who doesn’t love helping worthy causes? I wish I Read the rest of this entry »


WHOA! I’ve Done 20 Races So Far This Year… So I’m Halfway Through My #40years40races Challenge!

May 29, 2019

At the beginning of the year, I set out to complete a great big fitness challenge: in honor of my 40th birthday, I decided to compete in 40 races in 2019. I’m happy to share that I’m halfway to my goal, and have achieved some notable accomplishments along the way, including – drum roll please – my first-ever age group podium win!

I’m going to get into details of that age group podium win shortly, but first, some big picture stats. I’ve done 20 races since the beginning of January. I’ve done more races in the past five months than I’ve ever done in any previous year. Wow. Read the rest of this entry »


My Second International Stair Race! (CN Tower Climb For Nature Race Recap)

April 14, 2019

I’ve raced up stairwells all over the United States, and last year I raced up the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Earlier today, I competed in my second international race, at the iconic CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada!

Although it’s a completely different country, Toronto is only about a 4.5-hour drive from where I’m living in Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Nearly 1/3rd Done With My Year-Long #40years40races Challenge!

April 10, 2019

It’s only the fourth month of the year, but I’ve already raced more in 2019 than I did in 2011, 2012, and 2013 combined. That’s because I’m in the middle of my #40years40races challenge, which is my quest to compete in 40 races in 2019, in honor of my recent 40th birthday.

I’m doing stair races and running races, and I’ve done so many races in the past few months that I’m starting to lose count. I need to Read the rest of this entry »


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 »