53 Flights of Stairs.

4 Challenges. 1 Cause.

November 16, 2014 – BNY Mellon Center, Philadelphia

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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!

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.
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.

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



The 2014 event schedule has not been confirmed. The first climb will begin at 9AM and finish at approximately 11AM with registration available before hand and awards afterward. Please continue to check back closer to the event for details on each climb’s start time, along with other pertinent details.


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Click here to view the results from our 2013 event on the PARunner website.