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The 2015 Step Up Philly a climbing success! Yesterday, October 25th, Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia held Step Up for Special Olympics, presented by PECO and challenged participants up 53 grueling flights of stairs at the BNY Mellon Center (1735 Market St.). Marc Zumoff, sportscaster for the Philadelphia 76ers on Comcast SportsNet, kicked off the event by welcoming participants and reminding them to take this challenge by the Athlete Oath of “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt” as they ascended the stairs.
The MultiClimb and CrossClimb challengers were up first. As the MultiClimbers started their first decent up the tower, the CrossClimb Challenge began on the ground floor with a CrossFit workout. To keep participants energy high, 102.9FM WMGK played their Classic Rock and CrossFit Delaware Valley coach, Jacki Ford yelled words of encouragement to our participants. Those participating in the MultiClimb took the 53 flight challenge to the max, by deciding not only to climb the tower once, but to climb all 53 flights as many times as they could in an hour. Our winner of the MultiClimb, Charles Bower, climbed the tower 5 times! That’s 265 flights of stairs or 5,095 steps up!
As the last set of CrossClimbers started to head up the tower, it was time for the StairClimb challenge to begin! Climbers lined up to take on the 1,019 stairs up to the 53rd floor where Temple Football players were waiting to congratulate them and hand out water. It was a race to the top and did we have some fast participants! Our first place male, Stephen Marsalese, finished in 6 minutes and 47 seconds with our first place female, Jacqueline Guscott, trailing a few minutes behind with a time of 9 minutes and 21 seconds. Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia wants to thank everyone who came out and conquered the stairs and can’t wait until the 2016 Step Up for Special Olympics!
Temple University Athletics: Members of the Temple football team took time on Sunday morning to assist with “Step Up for Special Olympics,” an event in Center City benefiting Special Olympics Pennsylvania.