Tag Archives: California

Aon Center Stair Climb

For the first time in more than 10 years I found myself a visitor rather than a resident of the great city of Los Angeles. Mark Trahanovsky and his company, West Coast Labels had generously offered to fly me out to L.A. to compete in the final tower race of the season – a 62 storey, 858 foot climb to the top of the Aon Center. Continue reading

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Ship Shape!

It’s a beautiful fall day in Los Angeles. A cold front has moved down from Alaska to temper the constant California sun, there is a light breeze and plentiful white fluffy clouds in the sky to offer shade. Perfect running weather. I took this opportunity to test myself against my nemesis – the Paseo Miramar trail… Continue reading

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Cool Canyon, Cold War and Combating Candida

On one of my last runs in Los Angeles I head back to where it all began. Ten years ago, upon arriving in LA, and yearning for the mountains and greenery of Vermont, I was introduced to the magical world of Sullivan Canyon. This oak and sycamore lined trail is still a favorite to this day. But travel to trail’s end, and you will find yourself in a very different world – that of the cold war… Continue reading

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Feeling The Burn – Malibu Creek State Park

Two days before the presently raging Malibu wild fires, I decided to get in a long hard run in Malibu Creek State Park. Of all the traveling that I’ve done in this country, and of all the beautiful places I’ve seen, Malibu Creek is in my top 5. It’s my favorite place in the world to run… Continue reading

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Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge

In a race that has been dominated by elite marathoners and road racers from around the world, I managed to best the field by over 30 seconds. But more importantly, I became the only runner in the past 5 years to break the 30 minute barrier on this steep 3.7 mile uphill course up the base of mighty Mt. San Jacinto. Continue reading

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Secret Weapon of Stair Climb Training

In order to make up for my runner’s legs in a stair climb race, I’ve had to employ new training regimens that allow me to take advantage of other muscle groups. I’ve learned to turn a stair climb event into a total body exercise, which has enabled me to excel in these races… Continue reading

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US Bank Tower Stair Climb

At 75 floors (1,018 feet high), the US Bank tower in downtown Los Angeles is the tallest building west of Chicago. For 11 years, this building held the title of being the tallest building in the world built on a major seismic zone, until it was surpassed by Tapei 101 in Taiwan in 2004. It’s appeared in many Hollywood blockbusters, but most notably in the 1996 film “Independence Day”, where it is the first building to be destroyed, as ravers partied on it’s lofty heliport. Continue reading

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Training for the US Bank Tower Stair Climb

At 8:00am on October 6th, I will be racing up the 1,500 stairs of the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. The US Bank Tower is the eighth tallest building in the US and the tallest building in California. Standing 1,018 feet high, it is also the 26th tallest in the world, and is the tallest skyscraper west of Chicago and east of New Zealand… Continue reading

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Mt. Baldy Run to the Top: Conquering the King of LA County

One year ago I entered the Mt. Baldy Run to the Top for the first time. It was my first all vertical “mountain” race, and I didn’t know what to expect, nor did I have anything to compare it to. But when it was over, it was clear to me that this was the most mentally and physically challenging thing I’ve ever done… Continue reading

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Brendan Brazier and the Bulldog 25K

It’s always a very nice treat when my friend Brendan Brazier comes into town. Not only is he one of the few people that can keep up on a long trail run, but we always have the best conversations about diet, health, performance and the state of the world… Continue reading

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