Vertical Challenge v2.0

This year's Vertical Challenge, an urban stair race to benefit Back On My Feet NYC was a big success. Racers did loops of course, which consisted of 0.36 miles including climbing 120 steps. One hour later, the racer with the most laps is the winner. 

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In the women's race, Sharon Armstrong led for the first several laps with City Coach's Nicole Sin Quee and Rachael Sparks of Back On My Feet right behind. About halfway through, Rachael put some distance on the field, and won with 18 laps. Sharon was close behind (18), and Nicole (17) rounded out the podium. 

 Nicole, Rachael and Sharon

Nicole, Rachael and Sharon

The men's race broke apart early, with defending champion and multiple world record holder Chris Solarz, and Stephen England side-by-side the whole way, finishing in a dead heat. Obstacle course racer Jesse Liriano was back this year and finished a strong 3rd. 

 Jesse, Chris and Stephen

Jesse, Chris and Stephen

MEN

  • 1 Chris Solarz 21 laps
  • 1 Stephen England 21
  • 3 Jesse Liriano 20
  • 4 Michael Karlin 18
  • 5 Matthew Bond 17
  • 6 Terence Gerchberg 14
  • 7 Scott Chappe 14
  • 8 Matthew Hayes 13

WOMEN

  • 1 Rachael Sparks 19
  • 2 Sharon Armstrong 19
  • 3 Nicole Sin Quee 18
  • 4 Sworupa Khadka 17
  • 5 Priya Seshan 13
  • 6 Carolyn Alarcon 13
  • 7 Sherry Chan 12
  • 8 Laura Thomas 12
  • 9 Linda Sambrook 12

More photos (courtesy of Kai Ng) are here

My sincere thanks to all who raced, volunteered, organized, cheered and donated

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