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Thank You, Stairclimbers!

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Stairclimb, Thank You!

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored and supported the 11th Annual Stairclimb for Clean Air! Particularly the climbers who not only got up early on Sunday morning, but came all the way into downtown Vancouver to climb 739 steps for us. Stairclimb for Clean Air 2012 was a rousing success, and we hope you all had as great a time as we did!

Our first gallery of Stairclimb photos (taken by Jorge Posada) are now online here. We’re working on getting more event photos online for you – keep an eye on Facebook for gallery updates or check back to see when they’re published on our website.

Your climb times are also available online, follow the links below to see yours!

Overall Participants:

Overall Climb Results

Results by Age Group


Firefighter Climb Results

Results by Age Group

Masters Results

We have so many wonderful memories of this year’s event – and we’d love to hear yours! If you have a special story, moment – or even a suggestion or comment – please let us know in the comment section below!


Meet Scarlett Chen, Marina Madden and the rest of Team J.C.!

The J.C. in Team J.C. stands for Jeremy Chen, the inspiration behind the team. Comprised of his wife, Scarlett, close friends, colleagues and family, the team is back to climb in Jeremy’s name — and to help make a difference in the lives of others affected by life-threatening and life-altering lung disease.

Jeremy had lung cancer. He was diagnosed in late 2010 and passed away not long after our Stairclimb event in February 2011. He never smoked a day in his life – nor did any of his family or close friends. Jeremy is one of the 10-15 percent of lung cancer patients for whom the cause is a mystery.

This year Team J.C. is even bigger as more of his family and friends are taking part in his memory. Last year they were our top fundraising team — and it’s looking like they’ll be holding onto the title in 2012.

See Jeremy near the centre of the above Stairclimb 2011 photo wearing black. He is missed.

Proof You Can Make It to the Top!

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Stairclimb

By Chris Lam, our stellar Development Manager

Are you worried that  Stairclimb is too hard? Think you can’t conquer the steps of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre? Think it’ll take you all day to finish?

I can assure you that the Stairclimb for Clean Air is no walk in the park, but did you know that it’ll take the average Stairclimber 8 to 10 minutes to complete the 48 storeys to glory? Sure, the record holder did it in about 4 and a half minutes, but we’re pretty sure he’s actually Superman (with really long legs). For the rest of us normal folk, it’s a bit of a grind, but it’s not so bad!

Here are a few things that are far worse, at least one of which you’ve probably endured:

  • The many times you’ve taken 12 minutes to indulge your neighbour, who thinks her cooking is award winning. This week, chocolate cake with a mayo icing. Next week,  tuna casserole with durian chunks. (If you don’t know what durian is, look it up. It’s an “acquired taste”).
  • The 15 minutes it takes to change a flat tire on the shoulder of a busy highway in sideways rain. Not to mention the weirdo staring at you from across the street with a tire iron – which doesn’t seem to be an offer of assistance.
  • You’ve walked for 30 minutes, uphill, in the snow to work. Somehow, it’s uphill on the way home too.
  • You sat in traffic for 1 hour, breathing in car exhaust. Stairclimb IS for the Lung Association, after all.
  • You’ve sat through ANY Nicolas Cage movie since 2005. Except for… nope, I can’t come up with one.
  • You’ve sat through 3 hours of your boyfriend watching UFC and/or your girlfriend watching a marathon of “The Bachelor.”
  • Spending 6 hours on Christmas day cooking a gourmet meal for your family, only to burn it. Turkey jerky time.
  • You’ve held it in for what seems like hours and hours because you couldn’t find a suitable bathroom.
  • The actual Grouse Grind.
  • Being in labour for an immeasurable amount of time. ‘Nuff said.

See? It’s not so bad!  Plus, you’re doing it for a good cause – so chin up, breathe deep, and get going! Hopefully reading this blog post doesn’t make the list of “Far Worse Things,” but either way, we promise, it’ll be easier than childbirth!

Team Impact Award

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Impact Award, Prizes, Stairclimb, Teams

If you and your team are using Stairclimb as a way to flaunt your physical fitness, we want you to sign up to compete for this year’s Impact Award!

The Impact Award is awarded to the team of 4 (no more, no less – but don’t worry, if you’re part of a larger team but still want to compete, you can simply select 4 team members to participate) whose average climb time is the fastest. The winning team will walk away with a prize package from Impact Magazine for each team member, including a dry fit Impact Magazine t-shirt and a runcuf to keep your valuables safe while you’re working up a sweat!

The fine print:

  • Teams must have exactly 4 people (if you are part of a larger team, select and submit the names of the 4 participating team members before the registration deadline)
  • All members must be registered by the online registration deadline (Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM)
  • Winning time is determined by averaging the times of your four participating team members

If you think your team has what it takes, contact Sophie ( before 11:59 PM on Friday, February 24 to register your 4 team members!

We’re Baaaaaack…..!

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Stairclimb

Just when you managed to forget the burn from last year, we’re back to entice you into doing it all over again! That’s right, it’s time to register (and start training) for the 2012 Stairclimb for Clean Air!

Once again, we’ve got access to the staircase in one of Vancouver’s tallest buildings, The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, and we want all of you to rise to the challenge and climb all the way to the top in the name of clean air!

You can go it alone, bring a friend, or join a team. Participants fundraise for the cause – $125 per person – and in addition to a continental breakfast courtesy of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, you’ll also get a Stairclimb 2012 limited edition t-shirt and a goodie bag! Not to mention that awesome feeling that comes from completing a challenge and helping out a good cause!

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, February 26, 2012

Where: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

To register:

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@stairclimbvan) and “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date on everything Stairclimb-related!

Questions? Email or call Sophie at 604.731.5864 (1.800.665.5864)

Congratulations to Patty Balluff, who is the winner of our Team Global contest! By joining Team Global during our contest period, Patty was randomly selected to receive 8 sessions with a personal trainer at the Innovative Fitness centre nearest her, as well as $200 to buy new gear at Lotuswear – a total value of $900! Thanks to Global BC, all who  joined Team Global and to Innovative Fitness and Lotus wear for their generous donations!

This year we introduced an award, with prizes donated by IMPACT Magazine, for the fastest participating competitive team. Each participating team identified four members whose times were then added together. The team with the fastest combined time for their selected climbers won the award. So, without further ado, our very first competitive winning team is….drumroll…. Innovative Fitness!

Here are the final times for all the participating teams:


Craig Baber – 6 min 02 sec

Scot Gibson – 8 min 49 sec

Kristin Jenner – 9 min 20 sec

Michael Parker – 6 min 16 sec

Kalev Fitness Solution 

Virgil Isaacs – N/A

Kalev Jaaguste – N/A

Erin Kille – 6 min 41 sec

Donovanpee Mahoney – 7 min 50 sec

South Arm Bootcampers 

Rudy Chin – 6 min 04 sec

Don MacKinnon – 7 min 28 sec

Soyba Shakouri – 7 min 35 sec

Hradesh Sharma – 7 min 37 sec

Innovative Fitness 

Yoshia Burton – 7 min 12 sec

David Carter – 5 min 32 sec

Todd Perrett – 6 min 01 sec

Rebecca Warren – 6 min 47 sec

Salmon Steppers 

Sandie Gibson – 8 min 43 sec

Steve Latham – 6 min 23 sec

Fiona Martens – 6 min 53 sec

Zac Semeniuk – 6 min 24 sec

VBCE Climbing for Gold 

Arnielle Boado – 8 min 30 sec

Steve Brown – 8 min 35 sec

Ruby Mah – 9 min 01 sec

Katrina Malysh – 8 min 27 sec

Overall times:

Babe-stead – 30 min 27 sec

Innovative Fitness – 25 min 32 sec

Kalev Fitness Solution – N/A

Salmon Steppers – 28 min 23 sec

South Arm Bootcampers – 28 min 44 sec

VBCE Climbing for Gold – 34 min 33 sec

Congratulations to our first ever winning competitive team, Innovative Fitness! A big thank you to all teams who signed up and to IMPACT Magazine for their generous prize donation!