Thank you for a great 2015 Step Up event!!!

See you next year! 


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53 Flights of Stairs.

2 Challenges. 1 Cause.

Event overview

Special Olympics athletes face challenges every day, but that doesn’t stop them from shining both on and off the playing field. Step Up for Special Olympics will give you a taste of what it’s like to face a challenge, even if only for 53 flights of stairs…

Last year the Step Up event raised $25,000 for Special Olympics Philadelphia! Let’s see if we can step it up to another level this year!


Step Up features two challenges , which one will you accept?


Test your speed straight up 53 flights of stairs. Participants are chip-timed and eligible for prizes.

Participants wishing to do a multi climb should sign up for this climb and then email Kristin at stating you would like to do the multi climb.

 *Participants can choose to not be timed and may choose to climb as few as 10 floors yet will still be welcomed as a full event participant (including event shirt).


 As if a 53-story climb is not tough enough, why not tack on a CrossFit workout before making your way up?


3 Rounds of:
21 USA KB Swings, 15 Box Jumps, 9 Burpees

RX: 53/35, 24/20, no step ups allowed
Scaled: 35/26 Russian KB Swings, Box step ups allowed



Climbing Phildelphia’s BNY Mellon Tower from KM on Vimeo.

A climber’s view of a stairclimb race up the 53 stories & 1019 steps of Philadelphia’s BNY Mellon Bank building


The 2015 event schedule: All participants are to enter off of Market Street through the main doors. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your Challenge start time in order to check in and receive your event shirt. We will decide whether to offer day-of registrations on Friday, Oct 23rd and if we do will post it here. Those sign ups will be at a separate table in the same lobby.

Step Up Challenge Schedule – Sunday, October 25, 2015

BNY Mellon Center – 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia.

8:30 AM

  • Pre-Registered Check-in Opens for ALL Challenges ***
  • Day-of Registration for ALL challenges opens***
  • All registration will remain open until the beginning of the LAST climb.

9:00 AM

  • Cross Climb Challenge Begins
  • Multi Climb Challenge Begins

10:00 AM

  • Stair Climb Challenge Begins
  • Fun Climb Challenge Begins

11:00 AM

  • Awards

Important Notes:

  • All participants to enter off Market Street through the main doors. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your Challenge Start Time in order to check in and receive bib and event shirt. Day of Registrations will be welcomed.
  • Start times can vary depending upon the completion time of the leading challenge. Please allow for a 15 minute buffer zone.
  • There will be stretching areas and bathrooms available.
  • Rescue Floors will have water and assistance at floors 12, 25, 34, 40 and at the top (53)
  • Gear check station will be available for participants to leave their belongings while they climb. Staff will be present to monitor gear space, but SOPA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. PLEASE do not bring or leave any valuables.
  • Parking – There are a number of street spaces and garages located around the BNY Mellon Center. As it is Sunday, you should not have any issues. Please plan this into your arrival timing. This venue also easily accessible via public transit.


3 Rounds of:
21 USA KB Swings
15 Box Jumps
9 Burpees

RX: 53/35, 24/20, no step ups allowed
Scaled: 35/26 Russian KB Swings, Box step ups allowed


2015 Step Up Challenge Presented By:


Additional Support By:





CrossFit Delaware Valley


Huntington Bank


WMGK logo


Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions…

1. Where does Step Up take place?
Step Up takes place at the BNY Mellon Center in Philadelphia. The address of the building is 1735 Market Street.

2. Can you explain a bit more about the fundraising option for the registration fee?
The registration fee to participate in one of the Step Up Challenges is $53. You can either pay that upfront, or fundraise to achieve a minimum of $53. If you choose to fundraise, you’ll have access to your own personal, secure, online fundraising page that you can modify to suit your fundraising goals. You can also collect cash and checks (made out to Special Olympics Pennsylvania) and turn those “offline” funds in on event day. 

3. Are there any fundraising incentives?
Yes! You can earn some cool incentives (and help Special Olympics even more!). The levels are listed below.

  • If you raise $100, you’ll get a $10 Wawa Gift Card
  • If you raise $250, you’ll earn a $25 Wawa Gift Card
  • If you raise $500, you’ll earn a $50 Wawa Gift Card
  • If you raise $1000, you’ll earn a FitBit Flex!

*Please note: the incentive levels and rewards are not accumulative.

4. How do I prepare for the challenge?
This challenge is all about endurance and leg work. We recommend using the step mill at a gym, running up actual steps (work, art museum, apartment building, mall) – anywhere where there are steps – take them, run if you can!

Other than steps, we also recommend any type of cardio – running especially. And if you’re into weights/muscle building – do some leg training!

If you’re looking at doing the Cross Climb Challenge, get involved at a CrossFit Gym!

5. Can my friends and I sign up as a team?
Sure! Just be sure to enter in the same Team Name during the registration process. Members of your team can choose to do different challenges, but you can all fundraise together. 

Got another question? Email Kristin at and she’ll get it answered!


2014: Results provided by PARunnerPhotos by photographer Cathy Poston with Tristate Media Productions.

2015: Results provided by PARunner  –  Stair Climb Results. MultiClimb Results. CrossClimb Results.