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UToday HomeOctober 15, 2012

Members of Team Superwomen from the Faculty of Education take to the stairs in last year’s United Way stair climb event. Photo courtesy of the Faculty of EducationMembers of Team Superwomen from the Faculty of Education take to the stairs in last year’s United Way stair climb event. Photo courtesy of the Faculty of EducationIt’s that time of year again: The leaves have fallen from the trees, we’ve slipped into the back-to-school/back-to-the-office routine, and most of us have just finished adding a few extra pounds to our midsections with our intake of turkey and pumpkin pie – which may explain why, even though our fall and winter clothes are bulkier, they still seem a little snug.

Most of us will look for any possible excuse to keep from stepping into our sneakers and hitting the gym. But for those of you who want to work off a little weight and do it on your own terms, fear not – the annual United Way Stair Climb is back.

“We couldn’t wait to bring this event back,” says Gavin Peat, the Faculty of Education’s co-ordinator of United Way activities. “It was so successful last year, we knew we had to do it again.”

For the 2011 campaign, faculty, staff and students created teams and spent a week climbing the stairs in the Education Tower. By the time all the pledges were tallied, the stair-climbing event raised more than $30,000 for the university’s United Way campaign. This year, the goal is to raise even more money, and to make the competition even more accessible to everyone.

For starters, says Peat, the climbing can be done anywhere this year.

“Whether you’re a prof giving a paper in Pittsburgh, a student doing a practicum downtown, or a staffer on holiday on the beach in Barbados – or even if you’re right here on one of our campuses – we’re sure you can find some stairs,” Peat says.

The competition will take place from Nov. 5-9, with registration of teams due on Friday, Nov. 2. The competition will recognize the most stairs climbed – both by an individual and a team – and the highest fundraising team.

“The message is get out and do something unique and fun,” says Peat. “It’s good for you, and it’s for a good cause.”

More details and registration materials can be found on the Stair Climb Event site.

United Way events will be taking place across the university in the coming days and weeks. On Tuesday, you can donate your change to the Faculty of Social Work, which will have people spread out across campus collecting for their Make a Change initiative in conjunctin with SWSA.