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Tim VanOrden’s Running Raw Times – March 22nd, 2008

A good soldier will march all day long for the right leader or cause. If you were to ask them if they minded the monotony and physical labor of such a task, I’m sure they would almost all respond with “yes, I mind”. But a good soldier does what they are supposed to do, even when it bothers, exhausts or frightens them. Continue reading

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Climb Tampa – 42 floors in Shower Shoes

My original intent on traveling to Tampa, FL was to compete in the Climb Tampa race up the 42 storey US Bank Plaza. As plans for the trip evolved, the race took back seat to all of the other events that had been planned for me. The heel injuries that I had sustained two weeks earlier prevented me from wearing any type of shoes other than flip flops or shower shoes Continue reading

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Climbing Albany’s Corning Tower

As a kid growing up in rural Bennington, VT, my first city experience was in Albany, NY. It was only a 45 minute drive away, but to a farm kid it was a completely different planet. In the 1970’s Albany, … Continue reading

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The Empire State Building Run Amok

New York was nicknamed the Empire State, to recognize its vast wealth and variety of resources. Among the treasures of this great state is the Empire State Building, the crown Jewel of New York City. Although there are three buildings taller than the ESB in Chicago, you’d never convince a New Yorker that that Empire State Building was not the greatest building in America. Continue reading

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Tim VanOrden’s Running Raw Times – February 1st, 2008

Eleven years ago, when I moved to Los Angeles to further my acting career, I dreamed of one day being featured in the pages of GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly Magazine). As fate would have it, that honor would be bestowed upon me not for my acting talent, but for my ability to run up the stairwells of VERY tall buildings. Last week I was approached by GQ to do an interview for an article on the world’s most grueling sports – Tower Racing Continue reading

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US Bank Center Stair Climb, Milwaukee

I was a bit disappointed with my third place at the Sears Tower, so I drove up to Milwaukee yesterday afternoon to compete in the Climb for a Cure tower race up the US Bank Center. Although it’s the tallest building in Milwaukee, it’s only half as tall as the Sears Tower in Chicago. I thought a 45 storey climb would be a sprint compared to the 103 floors of the Sears Tower. I thought wrong. Continue reading

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Going Vertical at the Sears Tower

Yesterday, I competed in the GoVertical Chicago – Sears Tower Stair Climb. This grueling race sents competitors up the stairwell for 103 storeys, and 2,109 steps to the top of the tallest building in North America. Last year in this race, I started out way too fast and had to crawl the last 30 floors to finish in 5th place. 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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Climb California

Why take the elevator when you can run up 52 flights of stairs with 500 other crazy souls? So I headed to San Francisco to race in the Climb California Stair Climb. Racers from around the country came to challenge themselves on San Fran’s tallest building – 555 California. Continue reading

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