For the second year in a row, the awesomely-named Stairmasters of the Universe took to the Columbia Tower for the Big Climb for Leukemia today, along with about 6,000 of our closest friends. This was my fourth overall climb, but twice in recent years. Both racers and climbers (timed versus untimed) head from the 4th floor to the 73rd floor using the two stairwells in the building, all the while raising money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
I’m proud to say that for the second year in a row, the Stairmasters of the Universe pulled together to raise over $1000 for cancer research, and all of us made it to the top in decent time. It seemed as though the weather knew what we were doing today too, and presented us an amazing view of the city from the 73rd floor!
It’s great to see that for the past few years, the Big Climb has completely sold out, and this year the sell-out was faster than ever. And because they have to limit the amount of participants for sheer space at the event, they also require every adult participant to raise at least $100 if they’d like to continue to be invited back. This ensures that a good amount of money gets raised, and we all try our hardest to raise more than the minimum.
Thinking about signing up next year? It’s well worth it. It’s not the stairs that are troublesome while you’re climbing, it’s the lack of oxygen as you get higher in an enclosed space. Your lungs will burn for a good thirty minutes afterwards, and your legs will feel tired the rest of the day and ache on Monday morning. But as you climb each flight, you see pictures of both survivors and those that are being remembered, and it’s all worthwhile.