Sure, you ran a mile back in high school, everybody had to in Phys. Ed. Sure, you could do it again if you really wanted to. But my guess is that you couldn’t do it like Marty Sanders, and that is straight up!
The American Lung Association sponsors the Assault on Carew Fight For Air Climb every February. Over 500 participate in various stair climbing events throughout the day, but only 20 athletes are invited to compete in the vertical mile. They get the pleasure of climbing up and down the tower over 10 times, while all the other events are once up only.
The concept of climbing a mile’s worth of stairs just isn’t real. The ancients tried to build a tower to heaven in Babel and now we all speak different languages as a result. The world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is enormous but it is just over one half a mile tall. To climb a mile’s worth of steps you will be climbing roughly twice the height of the Dubai Tower. Marty and his associates climb over 8000 steps in less than 2 hours. I made this short film to help illustrate the challenge and demonstrate Marty’s preparation.
Marty has had a fascination for this extreme sporting event for the past four years. The first year he competed he placed third, and the last two years he placed second. For Marty the more important challenge is to raise money for the American Lung Association. As a youth he suffered from asthma and had very poor health. He received treatment and with hard work he has gotten to the excellent physical shape he is in today.
[Feb 19, 2012 update: Marty won this event, pictured at left beside Beth Brubacher, the female winner. Congratulations to both!]
In the last two years Marty has raised more for this event than any of the other athletes with the exception of one. This year he hopes to increase his sponsorship level and be number one in fundraising. You can help by telling everyone about this video as well as contributing at www.ClimbTheCarew.org. If you click on ‘Martin Sanders’ at the bottom of the page you’ll eventually be led to his contribution page.
[March 19, 2012 Update: Congratulations to Marty for coming in first in fundraising for the event. He won the event athletically and philanthropically as well. Job well done.]