Dave Hecker

Birthdate: June 1975

What is your occupation? Technology Sales

What/when was your first climb? Hustle Up the Hancock 2013

How many climbs have you completed? About 20

Why/how did you start? Like minded fools convinced me to try it out.

Do you have a favorite climb? Why? Oakbrook power hour because it is very physically demanding to run that building as many times as you can in an hour.

Least favorite climb? Why? Hustle up the Hancock because it is very crowded and hard to post a good time.  Plus I don’t like that you need to pony up the full fundraising part up front.

Why do you climb? for the challenge and to have a training goal during the winter.

Are there other sports you’re passionate about? Road cycling and downhill skiing

Did you have injuries or issues you needed to overcome to climb? Thankfully, no.

How do you train? cross training (running/cycling), stair machine at the gym.

Do you have a special relationship with any of your step-siblings? We bond over alcohol after climbs.

Who inspires you? Tom McGee!  The incredible time-warping climbing and cycling machine!

Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals?  No

What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions? Nothing. I just let the voices in my head take over.

Do you have a website or blog for those interested in learning more about you? No.  I post stuff on facebook from time to time and relish the 4 likes I have accumulated to date.

If we had numbers on our jerseys, what would your number be? 9

What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives? Stair climbing is physically and mentally demanding and gives you a real sense of accomplishment when you can point to a building and say “I climbed that.”  People that don’t climb towers just think you are insane or a glutton for punishment.  Those that do other competitive sports totally get it.  Everyone has their mountains; go climb them and knock them down (whatever they are).