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January 17, 2014

His race to the top

(Continued)

Before Hollingsworth can tackle the Empire State Building, he has to raise $2,500 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – his team in the race.

He’s more than halfway there. He has raised almost $1,500.

He could use your help in reaching the goal, though. Every little bit helps, even if it’s only a dollar. You can donate online at http://www.active.com/donate/2014MMRFRunUp/RUDHollin.

The foundation expects to raise between $800,000 and $1 million during the race. Ninety percent of that goes directly to research.

“It’s going to take a lot more research and study to find a cure,” he wrote in his blog. “The MMRF is pioneering individualized treatment approaches, which can translate directly into longer lives for MMRF patients. THAT’S why I’m doing this.”

Once he raises the funds, he can focus solely on his grueling training regimen, which involves – you guessed it – climbing lots of stairs.

He practices in a nine story building in Washington D.C where he lives. He goes down to the parking garage and runs up all nine flights of stairs as fast as he can.

Then, he takes the elevator down and runs up again.

This week, he’s doing that seven times daily. Next week it will be eight and the following week nine.

It’s really not fun, he told me.

“It doesn’t ever get easier,” he said. “You’re miserable the whole time you’re doing it, and then it’s over. You get your head down and keep chugging.”

Hollingsworth said he doesn’t even have to touch his wrists to track his heart rate during climbs. He can feel his pulse throbbing in his head, he said.

But still, he’s excited for the race. He’s shooting for a finish time of 20 to 25 minutes, which is very average, he said.

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