On Saturday morning elite athletes will race up and down the 525 vertical feet of the Calgary Tower, vying to become champions of the only Premium race event in Canada recognized by the Towerrunning World Association.
Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and The Calgary Tower have invited international top athletes to participate in a “Power Hour.” This Power Hour adds a new dimension to the 24th annual Climb and Run for Wilderness, one of Calgary’s premiere Earth Day events. During the Power Hour, 13 of the world’s best stair-climbing athletes from Canada, the U.S. and Germany will be competing to see how many circuits of the tower’s 802 steps they can complete in one hour.
These athletes are ranked according to the Towerrunning World Cup. Established in 2009, the World Cup is the worldwide recognized ranking for competitive stair climbers. Events take place from Dubai to Beijing to Vienna. AWA and the Calgary Tower are proud to host one of the premiere World Cup qualifying events, and the only one in Canada.
Participants include Calgary favourite Jonathan Heinz, who last year won the endurance climb event with an astonishing 28 ascents of the tower and went on to compete at the World Cup Final event in Austria. Shannon Magee, another Calgary favourite, will be back this year challenged by 3 other women in the competition for top female competitor. The event features categories for both men and women, each with a chance to win $500, sponsored by AWA.
A reception for the athletes is being held at the AWA offices (455 – 12th ST NW) from 5pm – 7pm on Friday the 17th of April.
Media are invited to attend both the Friday April 17th reception and the Saturday April 18 event.
About the Climb and Run for Wilderness
The Climb and Run for Wilderness is a premiere community event celebrating Earth Day. It is suited to folks of any athletic ability and of any age from babies in backpacks to 98 year olds. It regularly attracts participants from across North America. We expect more than 1,000 registered participants and in addition many more accompanying parents and supporters to attend. The Climb and Run for Wilderness is a family oriented athletic event which includes major additional components of education about the environment and the creation of public art. A family “fun” climbing event, a corporate team challenge, a 4-hour endurance event, and a serious opportunity to test one’s personal best in the Power Hour are all combined in this Earth Day event. This is the 24th annual climb.
On March 28, 2015, AWA held its 13th annual Mural Painting Competition and the judges were met with some very fine work, well worth the wonderful prize baskets the Calgary Tower is providing for the upcoming awards ceremony. We look forward to unveiling the new murals to the public on April 18, 2015 at the 24th Climb and Run for Wilderness. Register now for a chance to enjoy the more than 160 murals that grace the stairwell walls.
AWA thanks The Calgary Tower and its awesome staff and our judges for their careful consideration and commentary on these new murals.
13th Annual Wilderness Mural Painting Competition at the Calgary Tower offers great photo ops and community stories
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, talented artists of all ages will get creative on the walls of the Calgary Tower’s stairwells as part of the 13th Annual Mural Painting Competition, hosted by the Calgary Tower and Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA).
The murals depict the artists’ visions of Alberta’s wildlife and wild places and will be judged in four categories – Family, Junior and Senior High School, and Adult. Seven teams are expected to brighten the tower’s stairwell this year. With more than 150 exceptional murals depicting Alberta’s wild creatures and landscapes, the tallest gallery in the West is a kaleidoscope of colour. The murals are an expression of the value of wilderness to Albertans and are a wonderful public art legacy for the city of Calgary.
There will be opportunities for photographing painters between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Camera crews will need to bring portable lights for filming in tower stairwells as there are no electrical plug-ins.
The Mural Competition is part of the best Earth Day celebration in the West – the 24th annual Climb & Run for Wilderness, to be held on April 18 and the only time the public can view the murals. Participants climb the Calgary Tower’s 802 stairs in support of the conservation work the AWA does to protect Alberta’s wild lands, wild rivers and wildlife.
Do you think you have what it takes to compete with the best? Then why not sign up for our Power Hour Challenge and put it to the test!
We’re super excited to welcome back past Climb and Run for Wilderness champions Shannon Magee and Jonathan Heinz, who took home top prize for the most number of climbs by a female and male, respectively, in last year’s Elite climber competition. (Jonathan also came in 29th at the World Towerrunning final event in Vienna Austria last month, climbing the 779 steps of the Donauturm in 4:51 — way to go Jonathan!)
They will be joined by San Diego climber Zivadin Zivkovic, as well as other top towerrunners from across Canada and around the world.
And maybe you!
Competitors in the Power Hour will have one hour to climb the Calgary Tower’s 802 steps (and then back down again; no cheating and taking the elevator!) as many times as they can. The top male and female climbers will take home a cash prize of $500!
Competitors will also be invited to join us for our meet and greet reception to be held prior to the climb
Interested in signing up for the Power Hour Challenge? You can do so using our secure online web service. Registrations are $150 until February 19, then $250 afterward.
Not quite sure you’re up for something that intense? There are plenty of other events as well that you may be interested in!
The Fun Climb is a great family event – climb up the tower at your own pace and be sure to take in all the murals inside the tower that make up the “Tallest Art Gallery in the West.” Prizes for epic fundraisers, fancy costumes, team spirit and more. $40 to climb once or $125 for any number of times.
The Race for Wilderness is one of the most unique events on the world towerrunning circuit, and an old favourite. Race 1km at street level, then climb up the tower as fast as you can to bask in that warm glow of achievement at the top of the tower as you gaze out over the waking city. $40 per racer.
The Endurance Climb will give you a different kind of work-out as you compete to see who can climb the tower (both up and down!) the most number of times in 4 hours. Come as you are, or gather a bunch of friends together, pull on your climbin’ shoes, and get ready to show Calgary what you’re made of! $150 per climber, or register a team of four for $500.
Click here to register for any of the above events.
Welcome to the new and improved Climb for Wilderness website!
Registration is now open for the 2015 event on April 18, 2015. We have adopted a new system for registration and fundraising that will make the process more seamless for everyone involved in the event.
Join us in April for the Fun Climb, Endurance, Race for Wilderness and World Towerrunning Premium Event. Visit the Climb & Run page for more details.
Hello, eager climbers!!
We have some exciting changes in store for the 2015 Climb and Run for Wilderness, including some new and revamped events, and a brand new website!
We can all hardly contain our excitement… but we have a few more details to work out until we’re quite ready for “the big reveal” and to open up registrations for the 2015 event.
We hope to have registrations up and running sometime in January, and in the meantime hope you can sit tight for a couple of more weeks.
If you’d like us to send you a reminder notification when registrations are open, feel free to give us a call at (403) 283-2025, or you can sign up to receive the C4W newsletter — we will be sure to send out an alert as soon as everything’s ready.
Thanks for your interest, and as always, hope to see you on the stairs!