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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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The Future is here, the future is now. We have written numerous times now about the talents of Troy “The Future” Alston. We have asked, “can he be beaten in Florida?” With four straight back-to-back wins in his home state, including two over the current highest ranked male stair climber in the USA, Thomas Scott, he answered that question unequivocally. Last weekend, in a move that should make stair climbers along the east coast sit up and take notice, The Future began his march out of Florida as he headed north into Georgia. It was a race in Atlanta that drew the aspiring Olympian out of home territory, with climbers gathering at One Ninety One Peachtree Tower to take on its 1,050 stairs for the ALA.

It was a two-horse race on the day with Alston winning in 6:45; pushed hard by “The Monk” Victor Serrano, who finished just five seconds behind. This is Alston’s fifth win of the season, which is a very impressive record. We look forward to seeing him heading further up the country, or out west, to take on some of the other top ranked climbers in the States.

Alston wasn’t the only one maintaining form last weekend. In Minneapolis, The Steel Oath added another win to his incredible 2015 record of podium places. He was taking part in the two-climb event at Capella Towers, where competitors covered a total of 95 floors and 2,280 stairs. With a total time of 13:22, Larson demonstrated his elite status by being the only athlete to go sub-14minutes. Taking silver on the day was “Chiseled” Christopher Pfarr in 15:22. Third place was taken by Larson’s “Broken Elevator” team mate, David “Relentless Fury” Hanley. His is a performance worthy of note. Hanley narrowly missed out on qualification for the World Championship final in Doha last month, while racing against the world’s elite. To bounce back right away and get a podium spot is what champions do. Awesome job by the Relentless one!!

The winning Broken Elevator team (from L-R: Jason Larson, Nam Truong, Brent Larson, David Hanley)

The winning Broken Elevator team (from L-R: Jason Larson, Nam Truong, Brent Larson, David Hanley)

The fastest lady up in Minneapolis was Kari “The Garden of Turbulence” Lundberg, who earned an overall top ten spot in the process! Boom!!

Arguably the biggest race of last weekend’s spread of North American events was the Power Hour challenge at the Climb for Wilderness event at Calgary Tower in Canada. This event attracted international athletes and some elite climbers from the USA also headed north to see how many climbs they could manage up and down the building’s 802 steps. The winner on the day was Germany’s Görge “der Stufe Zerstörer” Heimann who managed five climbs in 49:54. Also completing five climbs were Jonathan “Jonny the Jaw” Heinz (58:39) and “The Schenectady Express” Alex Workman (59:57). In the women’s section the win was taken by in-form athlete Veronica “The Claw” Stocker who managed four climbs in 55:12. Shannon “Red River” Magee came second, also with four climbs, in 58:26. Madeleine “Silken Vengeance” Fontillas Ronk maintained her excellent form in 2015 by taking third place.

The elite climbers who took on the Calgary Tower Power Hour (L-R Veronica Stocker, Görge Heimann, Napoleon Woo,  Zivadin Zivkovic, Alex Workman, Madeleine Fontillas Ronk)

The elite climbers who took on the Calgary Tower Power Hour (L-R Veronica Stocker, Görge Heimann, Napoleon Woo, Zivadin Zivkovic, Alex Workman, Madeleine Fontillas Ronk)

Well done to all who climbed last weekend, and best of luck to every one racing this coming weekend.

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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.