Challenge the Chief takes place in The BOW building (500 Centre Street SE) in downtown Calgary, Alberta on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The Challenge is part of the larger Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge event. Registration opens at 7:30 am, the opening ceremonies are at 8:15 am, and the Challenge the Chief event will start at 9:00 am. The closing and awards ceremony is at 1:30 pm.
This exclusive event is open to the first ten determined people (non-firefighters) who think they have what it takes to challenge Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth in a race to the top of The BOW. You must be 18 years of age or older on event day to enter.
We have a preferred hotel that is ready to host our out-of-town guests. We’ve secured a preferred rate exclusive to Challenge the Chief and Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge participants. To find out more and to book your stay, CLICK HERE. The hotel is located close to the event location, namely The BOW building in downtown Calgary.
Yes, the more the merrier! Due to space limitations, however, spectators are NOT allowed inside The BOW building during the course of the competition. Guests can watch the Challenge via the jumbotron outside The BOW on 6th Ave.
Challenge the Chief benefits Wellspring Calgary, a local charity that offers programs, resources, and support for firefighters and civilians living with cancer.
Participation in Challenge the Chief comes with a $10,000 fundraising commitment. To register, you can either 1) donate the full $10,000 fee today, or 2) pay a $250 registration fee and fundraise the remaining $9,750 by event day. By choosing the delayed registration option you promise to raise the fulfill your $10,000 fundraising commitment.
Please note that because they come with a charitable tax receipt, registration fees are non-refundable. In the event you are unable to participate in the Challenge, you can transfer your spot to someone else.
Please make cheques payable to Wellspring Calgary. They can be mailed to 1404 Home Rd NW Calgary AB T3B 1G7, Attn: Fund Development. Please ask donors who are sponsoring a specific Challenger to write the name of the participant on the memo portion of the cheque.
Donations of $20 or more will receive a Canadian tax receipt for the entire amount of the donation provided all donor information is given. If the donation is made online via credit card, the donor will receive an electronic receipt from Wellspring Calgary via email. In the case of cash or cheque donations, the donor will be mailed a paper receipt.
If you’re collecting cash and cheque donations, please use the following CASH & CHEQUE FORMS to record full donor contact information including address. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide tax receipts to donors with incomplete contact information.
For Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge, download this form.
For Challenge the Chief, download this form
Registration opens in October. Please contact Wellspring Calgary’s Events Manager, Karen O’How, at firstname.lastname@example.org or T (587) 747-0260 ext 1005 to register.
For questions about Challenge the Chief including sponsorship inquiries, please contact Wellspring Calgary’s Events Manager, Karen O’How, at email@example.com or (587) 747-0260 ext 1005.
Ample street and parkade parking is available in the area. Street parking is free on Sunday.
Here’s a list of parkades nearby and their weekend (daily) rates (typically 6am-6pm):
|James Short Parkade||112 – 5 Ave SW (5 Ave entrance) – Lot #40||$2||Calgary Parking Authority|
|James Short Parkade||115 – 4 Ave SW (4 Ave entrance) – Lot #40||$2||Calgary Parking Authority|
|Convention Centre||727 – 1st Street SE – Lot #60||$5||Calgary Parking Authority|
|Impark – Harry Hays||220 – 4 Ave SE – Lot #316||$3||Impark|
|Impark – Surface Lot||316 – Macleod Trail SE – Lot #185||$4||Impark|
|Impark – Surface Lot||414 – Centre Street S – Lot #236||$6||Impark|
|Impark – Surface Lot||307 – 1 Street SE – Lot #330||$5||Impark|
|Impark – Suncor Energy Centre||150 – 6th Avenue SW – Lot #373||$2 +GST||Impark|
|Telus Tower||411 – 1st Street SE||$4||Indigo|
|BOW Building||500 Centre Street SE||$5||Indigo|
|Delta Bow Valley||209 – 4 Avenue SE||$10||Indigo|
Yes, the Calgary Fire Department has kindly put together a training plan to help you get ready for the climb. Click below to download the plan.