The world's largest on-air stair climb competition. Open only to career or volunteer firefighters, this event features over 2,000 members of the fire service who must register, commit to raising a minimum of $300/person for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and then ascend the tallest building in Seattle on event day. It takes 69 floors, 1,356 steps, and 788 ft. vertical elevation gain to reach the highly acclaimed Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor. The entirety of the course must be completed while wearing full turnout gear, while on-air.
This physically challenging competition is representative of the struggle that blood cancer patients endure. Every step to the top serves as a reminder that there is still much work left to be done in funding and finding cures. Since the first LLS Firefighter Stairclimb in 1991, this event has raised over $17 million for LLS..
The 2019 LLS Firefighter Stairclimb is sold out.
The 28th annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb is on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington.
Due to safety concerns of our first responders, and extremely limited space capacity, the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb is closed to the public. Family and friends may congregate in the Spectator Viewing Area off of 5th Avenue, in front of the main entrance to the Columbia Center. This outdoor area will be tented, have a direct view of the start line, multiple TV monitors streaming the finish line in the Sky View Observatory, and is located next to available food trucks on 5th Avenue.