Firefighter climb

By: Amelia Childers
By: Amelia Childers

Seattle, WA (WVLT) -- You know you're in top shape when you can sprint up 69 flights of stairs without stopping. Now imagine running up those stairs with up to 60 pounds of weight added on you (that's how much fire gear can weigh).

More than 1,500 firefighters gathered in Seattle for the annual stair climb at the Columbia Center, which is the tallest building in Seattle. With their full gear on, firefighters from dozens of states sprinted up stairs for some friendly competition.

Last year's winner from Montana sprinted up over 13,000 steps in just over 11 minutes. Another firefighter out of Georgia won in the women's race, making it to the top in less than 15 minutes. They are both defending their titles.

All the money raised from the event goes toward the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For more information on this event you can visit these websites:


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