Challenge the Chief

Are you tougher and faster than Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth? Prove it!


Registration is OPEN.

On May 5, 2019, hundreds of firefighters from across North America will be climbing the stairs of Calgary’s BOW Building, one of Western Canada’s tallest buildings, in the highest elevation firefighter stairclimb in the world. Funds raised from the stairclimb will support firefighters and citizens living with cancer. This is an event closed to the public UNLESS you and/or your team think that you can beat the Chief.


The Main Event

Calgary is poised to cheer on the brave ones who will ascend the 775 vertical feet 1,204 steps of THE BOW Building, in full firefighter duty gear. The climb starts at 3,400 feet above sea level. Firefighters and challengers will have the opportunity to be timed wearing full firefighter duty gear, including air packs without a facemask.

This event is open only to firefighters - with the exception of 10 determined people who will be challenging Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth to a race to the top of the BOW. Challengers will race the chief prior to the main climb and the winner will be announced at the end of event day. 

Wellspring Calgary is pleased to announce Wellspring will gift a portion of event proceeds to support the Firefighters Assistance Charitable Society (FACS); their mission is to empower and strengthen the firefighter by enhancing the success and resilience of the firefighter community.

Do you have what it takes?

If you want to become part of this VIP group of civilian climbers and take on the additional challenge of raising $10,000 for Wellspring Calgary, we want to hear from you. To register for Challenge the Chief, please contact Karen O’How, Events Manager, at or 587-747-0260 ext. 1005.


About Wellspring Calgary

Wellspring Calgary is a warm and welcoming community that provides a comprehensive range of support, resources and programs to those living with cancer and their caregivers.

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. It brings countless life-altering moments and events for the people who receive the diagnosis and for those who love them. People with cancer are compelled to find a new ‘normal,' before, during and after treatment. Priorities shift, relationships change, and life becomes very different.

Wellspring Calgary addresses the body-mind-spirit of those living with cancer those diagnosed, their families and their caregivers. Wellspring Calgary helps those affected by cancer address the fear, isolation, disruption and practical problems cancer brings to their lives. Programs and resources are offered free of charge and without a referral, so no one has to face cancer alone.


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