The Challenge:

Are you tougher and faster than Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth?  Prove it!

On Sunday, May 3, 2020, hundreds of firefighters from across North America will be climbing the stairs of Calgary’s BOW Building, one of Western Canada’s tallest buildings, in the highest elevation firefighter stairclimb in the world. Funds raised from the stairclimb will support firefighters and citizens living with cancer. This is an event closed to the public UNLESS you and/or your team think that you can beat the Chief.


The Main Event:

Calgary is poised to cheer on the brave ones who will ascend the 775 vertical feet – 1,204 steps – of THE BOW Building, in full firefighter duty gear. The climb starts at 3,400 feet above sea level.  Firefighters and challengers will have the opportunity to be timed wearing full firefighter duty gear, including air packs without a facemask.

Challengers will open the main event by racing the Chief up the stairs of the BOW building with the winner announced at the end of the stairclimb.

Wellspring Calgary is pleased to announce Wellspring will gift a portion of event proceeds to support the Firefighters Assistance Charitable Society (FACS): their mission is to empower and strengthen the firefighter by enhancing the success and resilience of the firefighter community.

Do YOU have what it takes?

If you want to become part of this VIP group of civilian climbers and take on the additional challenge of raising $10,000 for Wellspring Calgary, we want to hear from you.  To register for Challenge the Chief, please contact Karen O’How, Events Manager, at or 587-747-0260 ext. 1005.

Key supporters of this event include:

  • Calgary Fire Department
  • Calgary Firefighters Association IAFF Local 255
  • Wellspring Calgary

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