Christine Soskins

Birthdate: 19 October 1980

Do you have a nickname? Nope

What is your occupation? Paralegal

What/when was your first climb? In 2008, one of my hiking friends wanted to get a team together for the US Bank climb in LA. I had no idea what to expect, but I was game!

How many climbs have you completed? 16—but I’m just getting started.....

Why/how did you start? I didn’t think much about stairs for a few years after my first climb in 2008. The US Bank race caught my eye again in 2012. After doing only that race for a few years, I wanted to try new races in different places. I’ve been adding on the races since early 2015. I love the work out—it’s a great way to stay in shape for hiking once the cold weather hits.

Do you have a favorite climb? Why? So far—Towerthon—I like the power hour aspect of it.

Least favorite climb? Why? Not yet...

Why do you climb? To stay in shape for hiking; to push myself; because of the great people.

Are there other sports you're passionate about? Hiking—it’s all about hiking. (Not sure if that’s a “sport” though.)

Do you have injuries or issues you need to overcome to climb? Nope—I have been very fortunate.

How do you train? in buildings when I can; on the stairmill; running; hiking; strength training; I like mixing it up.

Do you have a special relationship with any of your step-siblings? Not really—everyone has been so friendly and welcoming to the sport.

Who inspires you? Everyday “normal” people who have overcome adversity. I’m always humbled by what people have accomplished--they push me to do more.

Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals? Before my first marathon, my best friend gave me a pair of her favorite brand of socks. I wear these socks for each race as a reminder of her support and strength.

What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions? Anything fast-loving “Smooth Criminal” “Shut Up and Dance” "Another Night" right now.

Do you have a website or blog for those interested in learning more about you? No

If we had numbers on our jerseys, what would your number be? 8675309

What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives? Well—that’s a loaded question. Never stop—just keep moving at whatever pace works for you and you’ll get where and what you want.