Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2012 Racing Season/Schedule

2012 Stair Climbing Racing Season

Dec. 11th      300 Lasalle Tower Chicago IL
Jan. 21st        Bop to the Top Indianaplois IN
Jan. 29th        AON Tower Chicago, IL
Feb. 8th         Empire State Building Run Up New York, NY
Feb. 12th       Oakbrook Terrace Tower Chicago, IL
Feb. 18th       Hilton Springfield, IL
Feb. 26th       John Hancock Building Chicago, IL
Mar. 11th      Presidential Towers Chicago, IL
Sept. 24th     U.S. Bank Tower Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 4th       Sears/Willis Tower Chicago, IL
Nov. 15th     U.S. Bank Building Milwaukee, WI
Dec. 5th        Bogota, Columbia

2012 Road Racing Season

Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon
River to River Relay Race
Illinois Half Marathon
Scholastic Challenge 5k
Sizzling Mile
St. Louis Track Series (400m, 800m, 1500, 3000)
Illinois Parade Run 2 Mile
Abes Amble 10k

*Now that the 2011 racing season has come to an end its time to start thinking about the 2012 racing season.  In these sports there really is no off season.  Constantly doing some sort of training whether its building a base, peaking, tapering, etc. I am constantly training in some way or fashion.  Before stair climbing I only focused on running.  Now that there are two sports to think about now it has become harder to plan out how I want to train and how I want to approach certain races.  I run into the problem of specificity training.  If I focus on running it partially takes away from my stair racing performances. If I focus on stair training only it partially takes away from my road racing.  Since this is the case I have to take an even ground on staying all around fit, so if I wanted to road race I can be competitive, if I stair climbed I can be competitive, if I hopped in a cycling race I could also compete as well.  So far with this approach I have seen positive results.  My training is composed of a wide range of activities, one focused on more than others depending on what of the season I am in.  A lot of running, cycling, stairs, plyos, and lifting.


  1. Hi Justin,

    I haven't seen you mention it before, and I hope I can pry...

    How do you fund your lifestyle? Are you sponsored by someone right now? Who? Are many of the top 10 or top 20 stair climbers sponsored, or is the sport too new for anyone to think it is worthwhile to sponsor an athlete?

    Just curious. Very curious. Cheers man, Vern

  2. Its a tight knit group of people, so when we travel we try and help each other out as much as possible, traveling, lodging, food, etc. Mark Trahanovsky who heads West Coast Labels is a big help to athletes, as well as PJ Glassey who heads X Gyms in Seattle, those two have really helped me out here lately race wise. Other than that I have a side job which funds my extra curricular activities. But some of us top climbers are trying to find more solid sponsors but it is hard in the US. Its a much bigger sport in Europe.