Workman and Alston Take Weekend Wins

Posted: February 8, 2015 in News
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Alex ‘The Schenectady Express’ Workman powered up the 819 stairs of One Boston Place on Saturday morning, equalling the course record of 4:23, and settling a score that had been nagging him for a year. In the 2014 race, Workman was denied the win, and likely course record, after a minor mistake involving his chip timer at the end of the race (he discusses that incident here). Taking a gracious second place last year, he headed to Boston on the weekend determined to finish the job properly, and did it in style. Doing this after a strong finish at a very competitive ESBRU only three days previously makes the win even more impressive.

The ever competitive Gentle Giant Moving Co., who boasted last year’s winner Andrew Hashway, sent forth another strong challenger in Adam Cellemme, who was close behind Workman in a time of 4:28. Melbourne’s Chris Price, representing Stair Climb Australia, completed the podium, with the third, and final, sub-5 minute time of the day (4:58). As usual, the barefooted Paul Curley was showing the youngsters how it’s done, taking the fourth spot.

Clockwise from top left: Alex Workman explains to Adam Cellemme (2) exactly how he's going to crush him, as Chris Price (5) gets his game face on; The Schenectady Express makes sure his chip timer is ready as he reaches the top; Paul Curley dives for fourth place; Adam Cellemme  takes silver.

Clockwise from top left: Alex Workman explains to Adam Cellemme (2) exactly how he’s going to crush him, as Chris Price (5) gets his game face on; The Schenectady Express makes sure his chip timer is ready as he reaches the top; the unshod Paul Curley dives for fourth place; Adam Cellemme takes silver.

The women’s section was won by Casey Harvell (Stair Devils) who finished a very impressive ninth overall in a time of 5:28.

Down in Jacksonville, FL it was a two horse race as Troy Alston and Thomas Scott duked it out for bragging rights in the Sunshine State. The two racers were the only climbers to go under five minutes, as they stormed up 832 steps of Bank of America Tower.

Alston, representing the Wells Fargo Climbers team, took the win in a time of 4:37 with Scott finishing in 4:57.

Congratulations to both winners and all those who took part.

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