On Sunday, September 26th at 9:00 am, firefighters from across the country participated in the 2nd 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. In 2009, firefighters raised over $52,000 for CF research.
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 Elizabeth and Stephenie who placed first and second in the female firefighters division!
Number of finishers: 233
Number of females: 17
Number of males: 216
Average time: 13:04
Top 5 Male Firefighters:
- Zack Schade (time of 6:04)
- Tyler Dillmon (time of 6:32)
- Charlie Schmidt (time of 6:37)
- Justin Foss (time of 6:59)
- Eric Stevenson (time of 7:21)
Top 5 Female Firefighters:
- Elizabeth Thompson, Portland Fire & Rescue (time of 10:02)
- Stephenie Bowen, Portland Fire & Rescue (time of 10:07)
- Patricia Connolly (time of 10:09)
- Andra Thompson (time of 10:43)
- Callie Fraser (time of 11:21)
Additional race results can be viewed by clicking here.
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.
Photos taken by spectators and participants have been posted here. Congratulations to all participants!