Linda Viner


Birthdate:  28 September 1967

What is your occupation?    I’m fortunate as I have the opportunity to do a lot of things, all which center around health & fitness.  One on one personal training, spin instructor, wellness coordinator at my husband’s automotive dealership.  My main goal is to empower others to  be the best they can be! 

What/when was your first climb?     Duke Race To The Top, April 20, 2013 

How many climbs have you completed?   13   

Why/how did you start?  Looking for something different to do and was inspired by Stephanie Hucko.

Do you have a favorite climb? Why?  Empire!  Finishing outside at the observatory was surreal.  Also because I’m a native New Yorker.

Least favorite climb? Why?  Chicago Skyrise…..   One. Tough. Building.

Why do you climb?      I love everything about it, mostly pushing myself past my comfort zone.  It’s empowering.  I love the training more than the competitions, and I love the competition!

Are there other sports you’re passionate about?  Is strength training a sport?  Equestrian, but I’m not currently riding. 

Did you have injuries or issues you needed to overcome to climb?      No, but, I am asthmatic.  

How do you train? A combination of spinning, climbing stairs, and strength training.  Also yoga once a week.

Do you have a special relationship with any of your step-siblings?     Well, I consider myself so fortunate to have met such amazing men & women in this sport.   Fortunately for me, my closest circle are my best of friends.

Who inspires you?  Stephanie Hucko… husband, Jeff Viner, my Grandma Elsie.

Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals?  Hmmm, mostly pre-race rituals which are basically how I prep a week out, the night before, etc.    

What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions?      Upbeat and motivation music.  Work Your Body, Let Your Love Flow, Holding Out For a Hero.  I probably need to do some updating!

Do you have a website or blog for those interested in learning more about you? Embracing a Full Life, and I have a FB Group Page, A Full Life!

If we had numbers on our jerseys, what would your number be?      Luck of the draw!

What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives?  Ahhh, check out the following link!  It says it all!