Photo: Latino Liar: Stair Climber Believed to Have Cheated and Taken Elevator During Charity Event
On March 31, the Aon Center in Los Angeles, California was the site of the 2012 Fight for Air Climb, in which participants climb/race up 62 stories and raise money for charity.
While most take both the sport and cause very seriously it seems the race’s “winner” Miguel Larios was just looking for glory.
When Larios, 31, arrived at the top he was given the record-setting time of 7 minutes and 45 seconds. Astonished climbers like 53-year-old Mark Trahanovsky were shocked to learn that Larios was the fastest climber.
“We looked at this person’s body and his physique, and we knew (he did) not have the physique of an elite stair-climber,” Trahanovsky told NBC Los Angeles. “He wasn’t sweating a lot; he wasn’t tired. He was wearing basketball shoes.”
Larios was later stripped of the title of fastest climber after CCTV footage reportedly found he had taken the elevator.
However, Larios still attributes his record time to having worked as a maintenance man in the Aon Center for 10 years, something he is no longer doing, as he was fired shortly after it was decided that he was indeed and cheater.
Stair climbing is said to be one of the most difficult sports in the world and burns twice as many calories as many other activities. This year, about 750 people took part in the charity event.