Thank you for an AMAZING Step Up Philly event!

We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

2014 Results are available, photos will be soon. Scroll down.

53 Flights of Stairs.

4 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!

NEW THIS YEAR: In addition to the Individual CrossFit Challenge, we will be offering The Ultimate CrossClimb Cup TEAM Challenge!! Take CrossFit competition to another level and prove your box is the best around! Teams of four (2 males and 2 females) are accepting this challenge trying to prove that they are the toughest in town and all for a great cause – Special Olympics Philadelphia! Remember, you can still compete as an individual if the team competition isn’t for you! — The 2014 CrossClimb W.O.D. are posted under ‘Schedule” section of page!

2014 CELEBRITY GUEST OFFICIAL RACE STARTER – District Attorney Seth Williams!

Step Up features four main challenges , which one will you accept? See the challenge options below and be sure to select that challenge in the registration process. 

StairClimb Test your speed straight up 53 flights of stairs. Participants are chip-timed and eligible for prizes.
FunClimb Tackle the stairs at your own pace. Participants will not be timed and will start the ascent after the StairClimb Challengers. Great option for kids, and groups or teams! (Schools, Greek Life, Corporate, Sports, etc)
CrossClimb  As if a 53-story climb is not tough enough, why not tack on a CrossFit workout before making your way up? CrossFitters can compete as individuals or as a team in this year’s new Ultimate CrossClimb  Cup Challenge for CrossFit teams of four (2 males & 2 females)! CrossClimb challenges will offer some incredible rewards for top finishers in both the individual and team categories. The 2014 CrossClimb W.O.D.s are posted under ‘Schedule” section of page!
Picture3 Our BONUS challenge for anyone looking for a little extra stair time…participants will have 1 hour to complete the climb up 53 flights of stairs as many times as possible.



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 $150, you’ll get a long sleeve dri-fit shirt with the unique incentive only event logo
  • If you raise $250, you’ll earn a hoodie with the unique incentive only event logo
  • If you raise $500, you’ll earn a soft shell jacket with the unique incentive only event logo
  • If you raise $750, you’ll earn a pair of bluetooth headphones!
  • If you raise $1,019 (that’s $1 for every step), you’ll earn your choice of ANY TWO of the above incentive items!

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

4. 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. If you all choose to do the RelayClimb Challenge you’ll spread out the stairs and tackle them together (the RelayClimb is not timed).

Got another question? Email us at and we’ll get it answered!



The 2014 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, Nov. 14th 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, Nov. 16, 2014

BNY Mellon Center – 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia.

7:45 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.

8:30 AM

  • Multi Climb Challenge Begins – Front Tower

9:00 AM

  • CrossClimb INDIVIDUAL Challenge Begins – Rear Lobby & Back Tower

10:00 AM

  • StairClimb Begins – Front Tower
    • Kicked off by District Attorney, The Honorable Seth Williams
  • Ultimate CrossClimb TEAM Challenge Begins – Rear Lobby & Back Tower

10:15 AM

  • FunClimb/Relay Climb Begins (As soon as StairClimbers are all in the tower.

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 9, 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.


Individual Workout

3 Rounds of:
21 USA KB Swings
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
9 Burpees

RX: 53/35, No box step ups allowed
Scaled: 35/26 Russian KB Swings, Box step ups allowed

Team Workout

Teams of 4 (2 males and 2 females) will complete the following…

3 Rounds of:
18 Calories on the Rower
15 USA KB Swings
12 Box Jumps (24/20)
9 Burpees

RX: 53/35, No step ups allowed
Scaled: 35/25 Russian KB Swings, Box step ups allowed

This is a chute-style workout. You cannot move on to the next station in the workout until you have completed all of your reps, and the person ahead of you has completed all of his/her reps and moved on to the next station. Each person on the team will complete 3 rounds of the workout listed above.


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Click here to view the results from our 2014 event on the PARunner website.

Click here to view event photos by photographer Cathy Poston with Tristate Media Productions.