University of Calgary

And the winner is……

UToday HomeNovember 29, 2011

By Betty Rice

Education’s Superwomen team took to the stairs every day over the lunch hour. Photo by Betty RiceEducation’s Superwomen team took to the stairs every day over the lunch hour. Photo by Betty RiceThey puffed, panted and sweat their way up 603,044 stairs—the equivalent of about 15 ascents of Mount Everest—and 18 teams of stair climbers raised $28,810 in the university’s first United Way Challenge Cup.

“This stair climb challenge has been fantastic. The university’s United Way target for 2011 was $225,000, and these results put us well within our goal,” says Alexis Berezan, United Way Campaign Lead for the university. “It’s not too late to donate to our university campaign. Although November 30 is the last day of the campaign, we’re happy to accept donations well into December.”

The Eyes High team, led by none other than President Elizabeth Cannon, takes the prize for the highest point total (17,330 points), in large part due to the cash they were able to raise.

“We were thrilled to be able to support the United Way with this fun challenge,” says Cannon. “It was a great exercise—in more ways than one—and it gave us the opportunity to build our community here on campus while building our connections to the United Way and the greater Calgary community.”

"It's been gratifying to see the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by members from our senior leadership, faculty members, support staff and students in the Stair Climbing competition, says Dennis Sumara, dean of the Faculty of Education, and co-chair of the university’s United Way campaign.

Education students Ricky Mak and  Dave Cox take a little break during the Stair Climb Challenge. Photo by Betty RiceEducation students Ricky Mak and Dave Cox take a little break during the Stair Climb Challenge. Photo by Betty RiceCannon and her teammates have declined to take the Challenge Cup, or any of the other awards. “The Eyes High Team believes the accolades belong to our community. We’ve asked the organizers to award the trophy to the faculty or unit with the highest combination of stairs climbed, money raised and group participation.”

That would be the Faculty of Education, with 13 teams participating, consisting of faculty, students and staff. Together they collected a total of 10,491 points.

FMD’s FD Flyers climbed the highest number of stairs with total of 123,562 steps—almost a fifth of all the steps taken by everyone in the challenge.

The individual who climbed the most stairs is Josh Hollowell of the FD Flyers (33,483 stairs), and the largest dollar amount raised by a team, aside from Eyes High, is Stair Force Ones from Education ($1371).

See a recap of the competition.