16th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness


Alberta Wilderness AssociationNews Release: March 26, 2007Team Challenge A Wild ClimbThis spring, teams are once again wondering if they have what it takes. Whether they are a corporation, a family or a just a solid group of friends, they know one thing for sure - Elevators are for Sissies!Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) brings back the Team Challenge that has every member reaching new heights, the 16th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness.This Earth Day, team participants are challenging themselves and others by competing to see how many times they can climb the Calgary Tower's 802 stairs. Along the climb, challengers will be protecting Alberta's wild spaces through team fundraising for the AWA's conservation and education work.With competitors such as Luke Way and his team from the Critical Speed triathlon club, others will need to step up, and quickly, if they hope to break the team's 106 climbs or Way's individual record of 30 climbs."I grew up in the National Parks so keeping wilderness safe is important to me," says Way. "The Climb is the perfect environment to start the season with. I'll be back and looking for lucky number 31."Still, the Team Challenge is not just for hardcore athletes and the masochistic. "Some teams will only make one ascent of the stairs but all teams enjoy the challenge and support a vision of wild Alberta," says Christyann Olson, executive director and captain of AWA's own A-Team. As Calgary's premier Earth Day event, this is a great way for teams to get out and support conservation and education work that helps sustain Alberta's wild spaces.The Climb & Run for Wilderness will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at the Calgary Tower.The day's schedule of events includes:8:00 a.m. Run for Wilderness8:15 a.m. Team Challenge8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Climb for Wilderness9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wild Alberta Expo2:00 p.m. Awards CeremonyMore information on the Climb & Run for Wilderness can be found on our website: http://www.climbforwilderness.ca About the Alberta Wilderness AssociationFounded in 1965, the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is the oldest wilderness conservation group in Alberta dedicated to the completion of a protected areas network and the conservation of wilderness throughout the province. With four decades of success, we are known for our tenacity, corporate memory and integrity. We have a provincial office and resource centre in Calgary, and active members throughout Alberta. A great deal of our work is carried out by volunteers. AWA is a non-profit, federally registered, charitable society. For more information on the Alberta Wilderness Association visit the AWA website: http://www.albertawilderness.ca Contact:Nigel DouglasConservation SpecialistAlberta Wilderness Association(403) 283-2025awa.nd [at] shaw [dot] ca