Lethbridge 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb
Lethbridge Firefighters Charities
This stair climb commemorates the loss of 343 firefighters and 70 law enforcement members that died on Sept 11, 2001. The challenge is to retrace the ascent (and descent) of the 110 stories of the WTC – this equals 10 “laps” of The Lethbridge Center Tower.
The Stairclimb is a physically demanding activity in that the goal is always to achieve a climb
(and descent) of 110 stories. This distance is the equivalent distance of the height of the World
Trade Center as it stood before the attacks of 9-11. It is believed that many rescuers would have
made a similar climb that day and unfortunately many never returned home.
We make this climb in order to honour those we lost in the line of duty and to ensure that we
never forget them. Participants are encouraged to ask for sponsors in the form of pledges in order
to raise money for the Legacy Place Society, which is a provincial charity to support first
responders and military and the families in the prevention and support for PTSD.
How you choose to approach this task is up to each individual and your personal level of fitness
should be taken into account. A few suggestions:
a) Ensure you do a warm up routine prior to the climb
b) Arrive well hydrated and rested. There will be water supplied but if you have a different
favorite refreshment or energy bar please bring your own
c) Work as a team to encourage and support one another
d) Stay single file to the right side to allow faster climbers to pass. Follow the designated
route – 1 stairwell is up, 1 is down
- heats will be created
e) Take breaks as required off the stairs or route and HYDRATE!
f) Wearing good running shoes is highly recommended even for those choosing to use
g) We would encourage you to use your own equipment where possible as loaner equipment
and sizes are limited. First come first served. We do not have access to tactical gear so anyone
deciding to do it in this manner will have to bring their own.
h) It takes anywhere from 30-120min to perform the climb depending on the method you
choose. Some more common methods:
a. Regular gym strip or workout clothing
b. Firefighter Turnouts
c. SCBA. With or without turnouts
d. Highrise Firefighting equipment.
e. Police or military tactical gear
** NEW FOR 2018!!!
We will be providing chips so that it will count laps and give you an accurate time at the end.
NOTE that the stairclimb organizers cannot issue a charitable tax receipt on behalf of Legacy or any other charity. If this is important to you please make your donation directly to the Legacy Place Society.
To download a paper copy of the stairclimb pledge sheet click
September 9 11:00 AM MDT - Lethbridge stairclimb