Climbing to the top: Participants’ lungs and legs hurt just thinking about it, but despite any pre-event jitters,400 participants turned up in support of the BC Lung Association’s Climb the Wall: the Stairclimb for Clean Air this past Sunday in downtown Vancouver. It’s not a traditional road race or even a triathlon; it’s a stairclimb to the top of one of BC’s tallest buildings, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel.
While the event attracts competitive stair climbers out to set personal bests, as well as a large contingent of BC firefighters who come out every year, an equal number of stairclimb participants are simply stepping up in the name of fun, good health and a worthy cause.
Topping the results this year was Shaun Stephens-Whale of BC’s Sunshine Coast, who finished in 4:28 (4 seconds and 28 seconds), placing first overall, and Mike Beckner of Victoria, who was the fastest firefighter to climb, reaching the top in full gear (weighing more than 50 pounds including oxygen tanks and all) in 6:43 (6 minutes and 43 seconds).
BC Lung Association Event Organizer, Kate Jarvis, can’t say enough about the dedication and commitment demonstrated by participants. “We had a terrific mix of people young and old,” she said. “We had firefighters and top-ranked athletes; people directly impacted by lung disease, people looking for fun and community involvement – all uniting in support of lung health and clean air.”
Team Dora (above) was our top fundraising team this year. Composed of family members Daryl, Leanne, Richard, Barbara and Sherry, the team took part in tribute to their much loved grandmother Dora who they lost to lung cancer in March 2012. Together they raised close to $8,000 this year to help fight lung disease. Thank you Team Dora!
Altogether – thanks to each and every participant, volunteer and sponsor – the Stairclimb for Clean Air event raised more than $110,000.
All event proceeds support vital lung health research.