“The Chalice of Thunder” runneth over in Dallas

Posted: May 13, 2015 in News

Last weekend was a relatively quiet one in the race calendar, with only two events happening. Both these races were in the States, where the season is beginning to slow down a bit.

Dallas, TX was venue for the inaugural Heroes Memorial Climb event at Reunion Tower, where competitors took on two climbs of the 57 floor tower, for a total of 1,674 steps. The event attracted some strong climbers, with the West Coast Labels/X-Gym team sending forth some of its top athletes. There were three waves at the event, with some fast times being clocked in each.

Taking the overall win on the day was “The Chalice of Thunder” Scott Stanley. After a recent lay off from injury, and a couple of results that didn’t match his usual standards, the Euless man returned to competitive climbing on Saturday determined to show he still has what it takes to compete in the top tier of this highly demanding sport. Stanley did just that; clocking the only sub-12 minute time of the day, an impressively fast result for 114 floors. The West Coast Labels athlete is known for his demanding Sufferfest workouts and always makes us mindful of one of our favourite quotes: “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man”. Beast mode was truly activated this weekend gone so a huge congratulations to the thunderous one!

Scott Stanley celebrates victory, with Reunion Tower in the background

“Thunder” Stanley celebrates victory, with Reunion Tower in the background

In second place was Robert “Anaerobic Abyss” Elliot, while Michael “THIS IS SPARTA!!” Doherty took third.

Fastest woman on the day was Karen “The Cut” Geninatti. The unfathomably fit and shredded climber, and former competitive bodybuilder, came down from Illinois for the race and took victory in a time of 14.43. It’s been a strong season so far for Geninatti, including an impressive performance at March’s World Championship in Doha, Qatar.

"The Cut" poses with fellow Illinois climber Tom McGee

“The Cut” poses with fellow Illinois climber Tom McGee

The other event of the weekend took place at the 37 floor Westin Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Unfortunately, at the time of writing the results were unavailable, so we can’t bring you any ridiculous nicknames for the competitors in that race.

Well done to all who took part in both races.

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