Stair Climbing to Hurdle Jumping
MVP: Troy Alston

By: Abby Murphy


Troy Alston is always ready to embrace of any challenge life throws at him. The 30-year-old track and field hurdler from Florida is getting back into the sport after taking time off to competitively stairclimb for the past 5 years. He has broken many records and won many awards in both sports. Now he is getting back to hurdling. He competed in the Alabama State Games and qualified for the State Games of America 2017. I had the privilege of being able to talk with Alston and find out more about his journey.

Video Games to Action

When Alston was little, him and his cousin would play a hurdle video game together making the characters run and jump hurdles. This looked interesting and fun to them so they started going outside and trying to jump over objects. Alston absolutely loved jumping hurdles so much that he joined the track and field team and continued through college.

“I got a scholarship to Warner University for track and field and became the school record holder. I began to look for more ways to train for track and field to get better, that is when I came across stairclimbing.”

Stairclimbing Journey

Stairclimbing was something completely new to Alston. When he started it up as a training method, he found that he was good at it so he continued and perused it as his full-time sport. Back in April, Alston had the opportunity to participate in his fourth international Stair climb in Niagara Falls, Canada. He broke a 32-year-old course record in the event. For breaking the record Alston was awarded the “Key to the City” by Mayor Jim Diodati.

“If you want something you have never had, you have to do something you have never done. Originally this all just started as an alternative training method, but it is great to see all the hard work pay off. Now I have decided to go back to track and field after five years of being off. I came across the Alabama State Games and the State Games of America, so I registered for the master’s competition. I am excited to be a part of the Games.”

Do Better than the Hand You were Dealt

Alston truly loves both sports. He explains how it can mentally be a challenge. Mental preparation is a huge part of everything, but Alston knows if you are mentally prepared, you be ready for anything.

“Originally, I did it because I wanted to be the best and be on top but now I want to leave a legacy. I want to influence people and prove you can do anything you put your mind to. Life is hard but you can do it, even in hard times you can overcome anything. I know it is all worth it. I strive to be different, to be the image I see of myself, to be someone others look up to.”

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