Two of LA’s greatest worst kept secrets are the Santa Monica steps and the Echo Park’s Baxter Stairs. Between Santa Monica’s two stairways are 400 steps. The Baxter Stairway is supposedly Los Angeles’ longest stretch with 230 steps. Both are regularly utilized by local walkers and exercise junkies. But even combined, these neither staircase is a match for downtown’s Library Tower.
On October 5th and 6th, the public is challenged to run, walk, or crawl up the 1500 steps of “the tallest building west of the Mississippi” (officially named the US Bank Tower) to raise funds for the Ketchum Downtown YMCA in the “Stair Climb to the Top 2007”.
Most participants will climb to the top in 20 to 45 minutes. Elite climbers will race to the top in 13 minutes or less. The course record is 9:28.
Friday’s challenge is reserved for four-person teams, and includes a competition exclusively for “firefighters, police officers, rangers, highway patrol and other public safety personnel” with the winners being crowned the High-Rise Hero Team.
Saturday’s challenge is for individuals.
There’s a $100 minimum fundraising amount required to enter for individuals, $500 for teams (less if you’re a public safety guy or gal), and its all tax deductible. The Ketchum Downtown YMCA will be using the funds for a variety of purposes including health programs, senior fitness classes, and after school youth programs.
Until then, what other public staircases should be used to prepare?
…h/t Exoterica who’ll be partaking just to oogle at the firemen…
Ketchum-Downtown YMCA Stair Climb to the Top 2007
Library Tower/US Bank Tower
633 W 5th St