Sproule Love: reminiscing with a tower running legend

Posted: October 3, 2019 in News
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Sproule Love stair run

Sproule Love is arguably the greatest American stair climber ever.

Since his tower running debut at the Empire State Building Run-Up in 1999, he has gone on to win numerous races and set course records around the USA. He has routinely been the highest-placed American finisher at the ESBRU over the past 20 years, including finishing third in 2018 and sixth in 2019.

You can read about his early ESBRU exploits in 2001 and 2002 where he finished in third place both times.

2002 mens start

Sproule Love (in the red bandana) gets out in front at the start of the 2002 Empire State Building Run-Up

You could fill a book with the stories and exploits from Sproule Love’s fantastic 20-year stair climbing career.

The excellent video below, recorded in 2013, gives just a small insight into the mindset of this American champion. In it Love talks a little about his tower running journey and you get to see him training flat out at the 40-floor tower he lives in in New York.

Reminiscing about the good old days

Love recently caught up with his alma mater, Saint Louis Country Day School. The interesting interview with his former school’s magazine runs through his athletic journey, from becoming cross country team captain in his senior year at CDS – where he ‘discovered a talent for suffering’ – to making the US Olympic trials for biathlon in 1998, and on to his fantastic tower running career.

He also reveals his favourite stair race and says why he thinks it’s important to ‘slow down and turn your phone off every once in a while’.

Click the link below to read the full article:

Sproule Love sprints to the top

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