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Date: January 23 and 24, 2016
 
Location: Seattle, WA and Portland, OR
 
It’s that time again in the Pacific Northwest—time to support the American Lung Association and compete in our one and only multi-multi­climb event!  Saturday January 23, the Rainier Tower “The Pedestal” (40 floors, 520 vertical feet) will welcome roughly 300 climbers for one of the more competitive races in the region.  Then Sunday the U.S. Bancorp Tower (40 floors, 530 vertical feet) will host another roughly 300 climbers for the same formats. The great thing about these two races is that climbers only have to pay one donation and a discounted entry for both races. 
 
Both races have 4 options: a 40 floor sprint and 80, 120, or 160 floor multi climb distances. The competition is arguably tougher in Seattle, however climbers who do both races will attest that the “Big Pink” in Portland is the harder of the two buildings. There are always a good dozen or so climbers who make the trek for both climbs. Hopping the Amtrak Cascade is a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful PNW countryside. Highly suggested for anyone wanting to visit for the race.
 
Both climbs do not separate the men from the women. PJ Glassey, Tristan Roth, Daniel Dill,
and Crossman brothers are just a few of the names you may see at the top, however there are some very strong athletes who climb just one event.
 
Check out the list of 2015’s winners:
 
Seattle
 
40 Floors­ PJ Glassey X Gym 4:45
80 Floors­ John Andrew X Gym 10:38
120 Floors­ Kevin Crossman X Gym 15:52
160 Floors­ Tristan Roth X Gym 18:45
 
Portland
40 Floors­ Calon Russell 4:29
80 Floors­ John Andrew X Gym 10:57
120 Floors­ Charlene Weaving 22:24
160 Floors­ Tristan Roth 18:52
 
The ALA runs a great, coordinated, and fun event, one that is capped off by spending time in both amazing cities. Finishing the event in Portland may be even sweeter than Seattle. The food is excellent; while in Portland you have to try the food trucks, too many to count, or grab yourself a Voodoo Donut. Yes you read that right, a doughnut. Especially one topped with bacon. You will be glad you did.
 
The cup points for these races are concentrated in the shortest and longest climbs (75 point per gender apiece!), the 40 and 160 floor distances.  Be sure to enter these for the maximum TowerRunning USA points! 
 
Race entry links: 
 
http://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=12530&pg=entry

The 2016 US race calendar starts off with a bang with Bop To the Top, officially designated ( by me ) as the Best Race You’ve Maybe Never Heard Of(tm). 
 
Bop To The Top is situated at the 36 floor OneAmerica Tower in the heart of Indianapolis, IN.  With two open stairwells to climb, many climbers can be accommodated without crowding the staircases, so even climbers ascending late in the day won’t have to fight crowds en route to their best times.  
 
There are two climb options, $25 for a single climb or $40 for a triple climb where your time for three ascents is summed.  Most enthusiastic climbers sign up for both, with the possibility of placing in two events on the same day.  Entering both for $65 still makes it one of the cheapest stair races in the country.  With low entrance fees, free parking, and economical accommodations nearby, this is a cost effective way to race stairs!
 
You can space your climbs out throughout the day and get more than an hour of rest between ascents.  Besides the possibility of placing in both the single and triple step options, novel first, second, and third prizes are awarded per five-year age groups, so many people of varying speeds can get recognized for their athletic accomplishments!  Winners also receive valuable gift certificates for athletic gear, just the thing for avid stair climbers! 
 
If you can, please consider participating in the first cup race of the 2016 towerrunningusa.com season, Bop to the Top!
 

A new year has dawned, so the points winners for the 2015 TowerRunning USA season are official!
 
On the women’s side, Stephanie Hucko is the winner, scoring 1100 points.  Aside from her second place at the loaded SkyRise race at Willis Tower, Stephanie won every race she participated in, winning the US championship race at Stratosphere, World Trade Center One, Empire State Run Up, Greenville, ALA charlotte, and the Chicago CF climb. What an incredible season!
 
Veronica Stocker placed second, winning US Bank Los Angeles and the LA CF climb, placing second at Aon LA, third at Willis Tower, third at the Chicago CF climb, and fifth at Empire State Run Up. Great year Veronica! 
 
Rounding out the women’s podium is Cindy Harris, who won Sears Tower, Hustle up the Hancock, and Bop to the top, three extremely large and competitive races.  She scored second at Aon Chicago and the Chicago CF climb, and third at Empire State. Cindy has amazing seasons year after year!
 
On the men’s side, Sproule Love is the winner, scoring an incredible 1308 points.  He did this by winning the US championship race at stratosphere, Willis Tower, and Empire State(first american). He was second at Hartford, US bank ( despite breaking the incredible course record ), and one WTC. An amazing year of racing!  
 
Our Towerrunning USA president, Alex Workman, placed second, winning Hartford, one Boston place, one Penn, Bennington, and Fight for air New York.  He came in second at the US championship/Stratosphere, and was third at Willis Tower and One World trade center, and was fifth at Empire State.  Incredible year, Alex!
 
Rounding out the men’s podium is Eric Leninger.  Eric won Aon Chicago, Hustle up the Hancock, presidential towers ( setting a new course record ) Oak Book terrace and Bop to the top.  He came in third at US bank behind two athletes breaking the course record. Incredible performances, Eric! 
 
We salute everyone who participated in stair races in 2015 and hope you continue to compete, build your health, and join us at the upcoming races in 2016! 
 
The complete final standings for 2015 are here: