2022 - Ranked 10th in the World (13 November - Present) | Ranked 5th in the World (10 September - 13 November) | Ranked 4th in the World (13 June - 10 September) | Ranked 3rd in the World (13 May - 13 June) |
2021 - Set three new course records
2020 - Ranked 16th in the World | Season cut short due to Pandemic
2019 - Ranked 17th in the World | Set six new course records | Two International Races
2018 - Set five new course records | Three International Races
2017 - Ranked 4th in the United States | Ranked 17th in the World | Set ten new course records | Awarded Key to the City
2016 - Set ten new course records | 6th place at USA Champs | 10th place at ESBRU Invite
2015 - Ranked 10th in the United States | Ranked 1st in Age Group (20-29) | Ranked 46th in the World | Set three new course records
2014 - Set one new course record
2013 - Set five new course records | Second International Race
2012 - Longest season | Set nine new course records | First International Race
2011 - Set three new course records
2010 - Competed in my first stair climb in Orlando, FL (finished 2nd overall) | Won / Set my first course record in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Troy R. Alston
My name is Troy R. Alston, and I travel the world racing up the shortest and tallest buildings (sometime free standing structures) in a sport called Towerrunning (aka competitive stair climbing). As of today October 2022 I have been in the sport for 12 years (take a look at my stats).
I got into competitive stair climbing back in November of 2010 while looking for an alternative training method for the 400 meter hurdles...so it's safe to say I found the sport by accident. Since my start in the sport I now hold the course record to every stair climb in Florida (from all organizations, ALA, CF, T2T) and several other course records around the US and in Canada.
My stair climb career has taught me that hard work pays
off at some point in life (maybe not when you want it to, but eventually). The work you do behind the scenes may seem
like it goes unnoticed but eventually it will pay full dividends.
I have also learned that anything is possible if you truly desire it and put in the work for it.
What is Towerrunning
Towerrunning also known as competitive stair climbing is a sport in which individuals race up the stairs of a building or free standing structure. Races can range anywhere from
10 - 120 floors. Every building is different which means the stair count and layout can vary per building (for example, both the Tampa and Jacksonville Bank of America Towers contain 42 floors. However, the Tampa building is (42 floors /914 steps) and the Jacksonville building is (42 floors/838 steps). This difference in the building layout is also apparent in the time
it takes to complete each (visit the Life on the stairs page for race results). Most races start runners in staggered intervals ranging from 15 - 30 seconds. However, there are a few select races such as the Empire State Building Run-Up Invite that has a mass start.
How did I get started
My first race was the Orlando Fight for Air Climb which consists of a 25 floor / 512 step building. I end up finishing
the race second overall. After that race I begin to seek out other races and found another climb in Ft. Lauderdale. This climb marks the beginning of my stair climb career. Not only did I finished 1st in this race but I set a new course record.
A course record that I would go on to reset many time in the future. Today I own every course record in the state of Florida and many others around the US and in Canada.
It is my hope that my efforts rather on the stairs or the life I
live daily will be an inspiration to others to find and follow the passions of their heart. Rather that is scaling up a 40 floor building or finding the cure to one of the world's most deadliest diseases. Truth is we all can learn something from someone else, I hope you learn to never quit or give up.