Stair Climbing Races

I remember in 1990, before I owned Jacobs Ladder, actually before Jacobs Ladder was invented, I got involved in a Stair Climb Race at the Library Building in Buffalo, NY. I had ran stairs as a way of training for basketball and volleyball in high school and college. In the 9th grade, my vertical jump was 15″ and by the time that I graduated from Penn State, my vertical jump had increased to 39.5″. So, needless to say, I have spent a fair amount of time in a stair case. In 1990, I had ran in a few 5K races but this was my first Stair Climb Race. Not knowing what to expect, I ran as fast as I could from the start, 2 stairs at a time (just like when I was training). I finished 21 floors in 2:16 minutes. I came in 5th place. However, to my surprise, when I got to the top, everyone was coughing. It sounded like a lung cancer convention. It seems that most 5Ker’s were not used to the Oxygen Debt that builds up in a Stair Climb. Now, almost 24 years later, these events seem to be catching on. So, is our newest product, the STAIRWAY.