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Troy ‘The Future’ Alston aka Stair Climb Elite and Stephanie ‘The Oracle’ Hucko set new course records at the Bank of America Tower in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend.

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The Bank of America Tower, Jacksonville, FL

Locked in a year-on-year rivalry with ‘The Flying Doctor’ Thomas Scott, Alston was aiming to make it six wins in a row as he headed into his hometown event.

The inclusion of John ‘Renegade’ Osborn into the mix this year meant Alston had to dig deep to secure victory again. His time last year at the 832 step Bank of America Tower was an incredibly speedy 4:24.

The Future managed to wipe five full seconds off that, crossing the mat in 4:19.

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A victorious Troy Alston celebrates his new course record

Thomas Scott took second in 4:37, with Osborn just behind him in 4:41.

In her first time racing in Jacksonville, Stephanie ‘The Oracle’ Hucko ran the fastest time ever by a woman at the event as she reached the top in 5:21 – only the second ever sub-six minute time in the ladies division.

Coming off a strong fifth place finish at the demanding Empire State Building Run Up just three days before, the Australian’s time was fast enough to earn her an impressive sixth place overall on the day.

Kate ‘The Say Hey Kid’ Mays took second in 6:26, with Suzanne “The Fjord” Bergen completing the podium in 6:30.

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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.