About the Event

Raising awareness and support for firefighters and all citizens living with cancer.

Keeping safety measures in place, we are introducing a hybrid event in 2022, where participants will have the chance to climb in-person at Canada Olympic Park (COP) on June 5, 2022 or virtually from May 27 – June 5, 2022. The in-person event is open to firefighters (active, retired or volunteer) but anyone can participate in the virtual event. Challenge the Chief will kick-off the in-person event this year, and is open only to non-firefighters who can fundraise $8,000 and want to take on Fire Chief Dongworth.

The Events


We are back to race in-person and outdoors this year at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park! The in-person event is open to firefighters only.


The virtual climb is open to anyone who wants to challenge themselves while fundraising for a great cause - a great option for families.

Challenge the Chief

Challenge the Chief is open to any non-firefighters who think they can beat the Chief and raise $8,000 each for Wellspring Calgary!

President's Cup

All IAFF Affiliate Leaders are eligible to compete to be the best and to win the President’s Cup at this year’s in-person Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge.

The Cause

This event spotlights firefighters and underscores the risks they take every day when they go to work. It also reflects how Wellspring Calgary’s mission relates to the important work they do. Proceeds from the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge ensure Wellspring Calgary can provide programs and services to firefighters and all citizens living with cancer. Wellspring Calgary also proudly gifts a portion of event proceeds to support the Firefighters Assistance Charitable Society (FACS).