Are you tougher and faster than Fire Chief Steve Dongworth?

Prove it.

While only firefighters can participate in the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge, Challenge the Chief is open to anyone who thinks they can beat the Chief and raise $8,000 each for Wellspring Calgary!

Challenge the Chief will kick off the main Firefighter Stairclimb at Canada Olympic Park on June 5, with competitors climbing in full firefighter gear alongside Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth, with a victor declared at the end.

How it Works

Sign up

Sign up as an individual. A $500/person donation will secure your spot.


Participants fundraise a minimum of $8,000 to take part in the event at Canada Olympic Park.


Get fitted in full firefighter duty gear and climb with Chief Dongworth to kick off the event on June 5.

You will receive:

  • A fitting with firefighter gear (helmet, pants, jacket, SCBA, harness, boots) once your $8,000 minimum commitment has been met 
  • Photo op with Fire Chief Steve Dongworth 
  • Personalized online donation/fundraising page and link 
  • Social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram mentioning the challenger’s name and business (where applicable) 
  • Footage from Challenge the Chief will be included in main event promotional video