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March 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

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More than 1500 firefighters sprint-climb 1,311 stairs for charity


At the 21st annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 11, 2102 in Seattle, Wash., firefighters donned about 50 pounds worth of gear, including boots, breathing apparatus and masks, and climbed 1,311 stairs from the fifth floor lobby to the 73rd floor observation deck in Seattle's Columbia Tower. The fundraiser raised over $950,000 to battle blood cancers through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year, Andrew Drobeck, from Missoula, Montana, broke the world firefighter stair climbing record, climbing the 69 stories in 10 minutes, 38.2 seconds. This climb is the world's largest of its kind with 1,550 firefighters participating from 191 departments in 24 U.S. states, Canada, and Germany.

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ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Firefighters ready their gear as they are lined up outside of the Columbia Center in Seattle, ready to enter the stairwell and rush up the 1,311 steps (69 stories, 788 vertical feet) to the 73rd floor observation deck as they take part in the 21st Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb at Columbia Center in Seattle Sunday. The climb is the world's largest firefighter stairclimb.

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Nick Piccono with the Eagle Fire Department in Idaho gets help removing his gear after climbing 1,311 steps to reach the top of the Columbia Center at the 21st Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle Sunday. Piccono came in 102nd overall and 26th in his age division. The climb is the world's largest firefighter stairclimb.

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Georgia Daniels, 44, from Graham, Wash., relaxes after reaching the top of the Columbia Center in 14:49 minutes at the 21st Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb at Columbia Center in Seattle on Sunday. She was the fastest woman at the event for the 14th time in 15 years. She came in first for females, and 66th overall. Her time was 3.27 seconds ahead of her 2011 winning time.




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