WHAT IS CLIMB THE WALL?
More than 500 participants – amongst them 300+ BC firefighters – showed up on Sunday morning, February 23rd, for the BC Lung Association’s 19th annual Climb the Wall event.
Organizers welcomed double last year’s count of firefighters to the 48-storey climb to the top of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. Each firefighter competed for fastest climb time wearing full firefighting protective gear, carrying an extra 50lbs+ on their backs.
In addition, some 200 non-firefighter climbers, cheerleaders, fundraisers and volunteers – many themselves members of the 1 in 5 who contend with breathing problems on a daily basis – got involved in the fundraising efforts.
“This was a standout year for our Climb the Wall event, in large part thanks to the enthusiasm of our key event partners, chief amongst them BC’s firefighting community,” said BC Lung Association CEO, Chris Lam. “The sense of community spirit in the room was palpable. I could see hundreds of sweaty, smiling faces around me, all there supporting one another. It was clear that something special was achieved.”
Key event partners also include Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society, official Firefighter Challenge host, and the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, venue and brunch provider.
500+ are too part this year, amongst them will be 300+ BC firefighters who competed for fastest climb time wearing full protective ‘Turnout Gear’ (> 50lbs).
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Climb the Wall is open to people of all ages, fitness levels, and abilities. Some choose to climb at their own pace, others climb competitively. The choice is yours! When you register, you can pick the category which fits you best:
Children under age 12 can participate free of charge. Fundraising is optional.
Participants age 12 or older must raise $125 as an individual or an average of $125/per team member.