Sports enthusiasts and individuals who enjoy a good challenge can get their fix at the fourth annual TOWERthon, set for 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at 550 Corporate Center.
TOWERthon is appropriate for most ages and abilities. Participants are challenged to move skyward up 20 flights in one of Downtown San Diego's most attractive and environmentally friendly skyscrapers. It's a professionally timed endurance event that provides the chance for both competitive and noncompetitive climbers, with separate staircases for each category. The challenge is for participants to climb as many flights of stairs as they can within a two-hour time period.
A designated, ELITE-participant start time will provide competitive climbers a clear path in the stairwell. To assure the health, safety and hydration of all participants, aid stations will be strategically placed along the course routes in both stairwells. Elevators are available for emergencies and to return to ground level after each trip to the top and at the completion of the event.
Last year's winner finished in one hour, 41 minutes.
Sponsored by the Grainger Foundation, proceeds from the event will benefit the homeless youth of Father Joe's Villages' Toussaint Academy. Toussaint Academy San Diego has served as a haven for homeless and at-risk teens since 1992. At Toussaint, teens live and learn in a supportive group setting, gaining the life skills necessary to graduate from high school and become self-sufficient, successful young adults.
"TOWERthon's 20-story vertical challenge is the ideal combination of fundraising, physical fitness and active fun," Deacon Jim Vargas, Father Joe's Villages' president and CEO, said. "We're especially thankful to San Diego's endurance athletes and running clubs for their support of the region's homeless youth through their participation in this pulse- and elevation-raising event."
Online registration is available now through 10 a.m. on June 26. Registration fees are $35 for adults ages 18 and over, $25 for active military and veterans, and $20 for those ages 17 and under. For more information, visit towerthon.com.