For Firefighters Only


This section is specific to firefighters who are taking part in the stairclimb challenge.

Event Details

The Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge takes place at The BOW building in downtown Calgary, Alberta (500 Centre Street SE).  The event takes ~6 hours from the start of the event to the moment the last climber exits the stairwell.  Firefighters are batched in groups of ~40 climbers with the same climb time.  Individuals start their climb ~20 seconds apart.  Teams, which can have an unlimited number of members, are grouped together in the same climb time.


7:30am  Bag check/race package pick-pp /cash & cheque donation drop-off opens
8:15am   Opening ceremonies
9:00am  Challenge the Chief Participants start their climbs
9:30am Firefighters start their climbs
2:00pm  The last firefighter finishes the climb
3:00pm  Closing awards ceremony

The event BBQ for firefighters and volunteers will run from ~10:30am to 2:30pm.

Due to space limitations and for safety reasons, spectators are not allowed inside The BOW during the climb.  There will be a jumbotron on the street in front of The BOW where friends & family can watch you cross the finish line on floor 55.

Filming and photography are prohibited in the stairwell during the climb. Cell phones, cameras, and selfie sticks are strictly forbidden.  Go-Pros are allowed as long as they’re securely fastened to the climber’s gear.


We are proud to announce we have partnered with the Delta Hotels Marriott Downtown Calgary to offer our out of town guests an exclusive room rate for event weekend.  Hotel reservations can be made here:

Delta Hotel Marriott Calgary Downtown


In addition to your personal challenge of climbing  775 feet (on top of 3400 feet of elevation), you’ll be climbing to raise funds and awareness for an important local charity, Wellspring Calgary.  For every $150 you raise one Wellspring member will have access to free programs and resources for an entire month.  Your climb will make a real difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. Thank you!  

Social Media

Are you on Facebook,  Twitter, or Instagram?  Use social media and the hashtag #YYCStairclimb to tell your family and friends about your participation in the climb, to ask for donations, and to increase awareness of Wellspring.

How to fundraise

Your Personal Fundraising Page

Once you register, you will be provided with a personal fundraising page. Here you can track your progress, post your picture and story, tell us why you’re climbing and fundraising for the event.  You will also be able to send a fundraising link to friends, family, and colleagues asking for donations.  Login to your personal page here: