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Race Results from 3rd Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge


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On Sunday, September 25, 2011, firefighters from across the country participated in the 3rd Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation.

Firefighters climbed the 40 floor, 800 step US Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland, Oregon outfitted in over 70 pounds each of full "combat gear."  The gear included a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) commonly used in the line of duty. In addition to the competitive ascent of the US Bancorp Tower, firefighters also competed to raise funds in the battle against CF.

Portland Firefighter Rob P. from Station 21 finishes strong

Last year, the event raised more than $75,000 that was donated to the Oregon Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis.

Firefighters contended for men's and women's titles in individual competition. Team titles were also awarded based on the combined time of the team's fastest racers. Results are below.

Congratulations to Portland Fire & Rescue Firefighters Stephenie and Christine who placed first and second in the female firefighters division!


  • Number of finishers: 249
  • Number of females: 27
  • Number of males: 222
  • Average time: 12:56

Top 5 Male Firefighters:

  1. Zack Schade (time of 6:01)
  2. Charlie Schmidt (time of 6:40)
  3. Tyler Dillmon (time of 6:58)
  4. Justin Foss (time of 7:10)
  5. Marc Anderson (time of 7:15) 

Top 5 Female Firefighters:

  1. Stephenie Bowen, Portland Fire & Rescue (time of 10:27)
  2. Christine Pezzulo, Portland Fire & Rescue (time of 10:49)
  3. Nikki Heitschmidt (time of 11:11)
  4. Megan McKee (time of 11:18)
  5. Jessica Gale (time of 11:53)

Additional race results can be viewed by clicking here. Congratulations to all participants!

More About the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb

Wes Loucks, a retired Portland Fire & Rescue Firefighter of 32 years, and his wife Belinda founded the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb when both of their young grandsons were born with CF. The Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge is sponsored by Leatherman, Portland Fire Fighters Association Local 43, and the International Association of Fire Fighters and attracts firefighters to Portland from as far away as Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.


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Austin Sayer

January 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I am interested in participating in the 2012 stairclimber challenge. Do you know where I can go to get info and when sign ups start?


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