CN Tower Climb for United Way


United Way CN Tower Climb

Holy tougher than I thought it would be!  Sunday morning I joined hundreds of others at the CN Tower Climb for the United Way. It was the corporate team challenge climb, so the Molson team (25 of us) took the challenge and climbed the 144 flights/1776 stairs.  We raised over $9,000 for the United Way!

I got to the tower around 6:00 a.m. because I was told by many who have climbed before to get there early to avoid lines…..and to avoid the ‘sweaty’ stairwell.  I registered, walked over to the tower, and started the hike up (lots of people ran which I thought was silly. Why waste so much energy running to the tower before climbing!!?).  The stairwell is pretty narrow with no windows, and the flight numbers are painted on the wall at the top of each one.  At first the numbers didn’t bother me; it was nice to know how far I had climbed. But by the time I reached about 75, I just avoided looking at them — found it frustrating.

The first 75 flights were great!  I felt good, kept a steady pace and enjoyed the early morning workout.  Then by 100 or so, I was definitely feeling it.  I actually thought the climb was 127 flights for some reason, so I’m sure you can imagine what went through my mind when I reached 127…and then 128.

I made it to the top in 20 minutes and 44 seconds!  Proud of my time, but know I can beat it next year.  It’s pretty cool to be able to say you climbed Canada’s national tower and former world’s tallest building.  My friend Peter said it best after we finished the climb — check that off your list of things to do in life! Peter was also the superstar of Molson’s team, raising over $3,000!

United Way CN Tower Climb

Great workout, great experience, great cause.

Did you do the climb?  Was it what you expected?  What was your climb time?

6 responses to this entry

  1. Congrats on the great time Tonia.

    It definitely is something everyone should do once in their life. I did the climb twice and you have a great feeling knowing not only did you climb it but that you’ve helped out a great organization like the United Way.

  2. Thanks Rob! Did you climb this year?

    Tonia Hammer
  3. Hey T,

    Great to make it up the 1740 stairs with you, Frankie and Ian. Fun had by all and a ton of money raised for the United Way!!! Well done!


  4. Peter! Well done to you my friend….you rocked that climb. Will race you next year ;)

    Tonia Hammer
  5. Hi Guys!

    Great stuff! Its always good to hear other peoples stories! I also climbed in the earyl morning hours.

    I livei n Burlington, so I got up at 4 am, and drove with my training partner down to the tower.

    I know what you mean when you said you thought it was 127 flights. when I did it the first time I had no idea how many flights there were. So It was a disadvantage for me. (psychologically speaking)

    This year I beat my PB by 1:30 minutes and finished the climb at 12 minutes and 13 seconds.

    I plan to train harder for this and get my time under 10 minutes.

    Great job all!

  6. 12 min!? Congrats Trevor! That’s awesome…thanks for stopping by.

    Tonia Hammer

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