Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Fight For Air Climb - Official Results
Sorry for the delay, there was a timing error the day of the race and it took a while for them to sort it out.
Let's get to the important stuff - Thanks to the following friends - Team Snail raised $490, contributing to the overall fundraising total of $32,328.
Alaska Snail 2.0
Mark & Kelly Erwin
Taryn & Eli Black
The Freedom Runners
Due to a last minute venue change, the event took place in the Equitable building, a 35 story building in downtown Atlanta. Deciding against taking the easy way out & only doing the 32 floor climb, Team Snail performed brilliantly in the 64 floor climb. My fellow teammates, Holly & Kristi were not snails on the stairs & vow to return next year!
64 floors you ask, but you just said the building was only 35 stories tall?!?!? What gives Snail? Well, you see, you do it twice! Climb up 32 floors, the timer stops, you take the elevator down, timer starts again and you climb the 2nd set of stairs. (And now you see the timing issue)
I am happy to report that yours truly had the 6th fastest overall time of 11:27. The overall winner ascended in a blazing 8:19. The 2nd finisher was recorded at almost 2 minutes slower, 10:14.
My time was fast enough to put me atop of the Men's 30-39 AG podium, gotta love a little AG bling! (1st place, yo!)
Another interesting trivia tidbit, I took the shortest "break" between sets and recorded the fastest overall time! (13:28) Much to my surprise, after the event, they announced my name as the winner. I almost fell over and turned red with embarrasment - I looked at Holly and exclaimed, "No way! That's impossible! Really!?!?! Fu@k!" Real nice Snail, real nice! Keep it clean for teh kids....
Of course, those faster (all 5 of them) didn't believe it and demanded a recount!(J/K) After the discovery of the timing error, they promised to properly sort out the results and post them online & mail the awards.
I'm still a winner!
While looking online for the results, I googled Towerrunning & stair running and found some great clips on youtube. This is a serious underground sport with world rankings?!?!?! The youtube clips demonstrate the importance of always takign 2 steps at a time & using the handrail for effective climbing speed. Just in trying these tips out, I was amazed at how much easier it was to ascend my 4 flights of stairs at work. I only wish I had seen the clip BEFORE the climb...I think I could have taken 2nd overall...
So, here is the plan. NEXT YEAR, I will have a little more training in my pocket & Team Snail will also be recruiting other climbers.
My goals for the 2012 climb (in order of importance)
Recruit 20 climbers to Team Snail
1st Overall Team Fundraising (2010 winner - Gwinnett Fire & Rescue $6272)
1st Overall Fastest Team - top 3 climbers time combined (2010 winner - Team Lincoln 17:45)
1st Overall Climber - (2010 - Victor Serrano - 8:18 (also a GUTS runner!)
Team Snail does not discriminate! We welcome all climbers! Who is with me?