Stairway to Leg Cramp Heaven

1500steps.jpgTwo 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
Downtown LA

6 thoughts on “Stairway to Leg Cramp Heaven”

  1. Back when I was a cube dweller in Glendale I used to use the stairs at the 330N Brand Building from the 10th floor when I went out for breaks and stuff. A little blood flow made it possible to keep energized to plow through the paper.

  2. I tried it back in ’96, I have’nt done it since.
    It was the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done.

  3. Library Tower, Los Angeles: 1018′, 73 floors

    Columbia Center, Seattle: 937′, 76 floors
    “Tallest building by number of floors (76) west of the Mississippi River.”

    Tallest by number of floors? Thats as silly as claiming as something someone is tallest by number of steps.

  4. Wow, thanks for the linkage! And even though I did mention that the firemen were a nice incentive, I’m really just tired of running marathon-like events. I need something new to keep me occupied. I think it would be even more awesome to rappel off the building, but I don’t think they’ve sanctioned that activity yet…

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