Birthdate: 28 September 1957
What is your occupation? Personal Trainer
What/when was your first climb? 1980
How many climbs have you completed? 50+???
Why/how did you start? I competed in running events - Marathon, 1/2 marathons and 5K's 30 years ago. I then competed in bodybuilding, on the natinal level for 12 years. I was looking for a new way to challenge myself, and certainly found it in tower running.
Do you have a favorite climb? Why? I love them all, but USBank is a favorite. I love the commeraderie, the atmosphere, and the all day party. I get to see so many climbing friends. It is nice that the hotel is so close by and a very well ran event.
Least favorite climb? Why? Hilton, Springfield. Funny, because I have a team of 131 who competes in it. But It is my home turn, and it is so hard to be on top of my game when I have my team to look after. I would rather just be there for my team.
Why do you climb? The challenge. The stair climbing family.
Are there other sports you’re passionate about? Bodybuilding. Bike racing.
Did you have injuries or issues you needed to overcome to climb? No
How do you train? 6 days a week. Approx 3 hrs a day
Do you have a special relationship with any of your step-siblings? definetely
Who inspires you? MARK BLOCK! Many others- David Hanley, Madeleine Ronk, NelsonQuong, Oz Osborn, Syd Arak, Bob Toews, Jason Larson, Josh Duncan, Eric Leninger, Kristin Frey, Tommy Coleman, Alex Workman, Veronica Stocker, Cindy Harris, Jeff Dinkin. Really our whole stair climbing family.
Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals? Prayer in starting line.
What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions? Don't use one
Do you have a website or blog for those interested in learning more about you? www.karengonline.com
If we had numbers on our jerseys, what would your number be? 9 or 11
What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives? I would tell that that ANYONE can do this. I have seen people climb stais on crutches, one leg, on oxygen, and most inspiring, MARK BLOCK, who climbs stairs after being paralyzed twice in his life and told he would never MOVE again, let alone walk.