Dare the Stairs: Annual Skytower Challenge

General News

Nov 24, 2016

Climbing stairs for fitness isn’t for the faint-hearted. The Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy will cost you 135 steps. The Potemkin Stairs in Odessa takes 200 steps to reach the top. The Sacre Couer Basilica in Paris is a lung-busting 300 steps, bottom to top. The view might be worth it. Auckland’s SkyTower – 1,029 steps.
Doing the Dare the Stairs challenge is a climb like no other, and yet every year SKYCITY employees will take up the fitness challenge as part of their wellness programme. This year a Fletcher team was invited to participate thanks to the good work underway at the New Zealand International Convention Centre. Challenge accepted.

Prior to the event contestants underwent a month-long training programme. It’s a requirement to tackle a climb of this magnitude. It began with flat-terrain walks, just enough to get you confident, then it all spiralled down into a hellish mix of uphill ‘hard walks’ and quad-burning stair climbs – one rest day a week. 

On Thursday 17 November, between 7-8am, gasps, grunts and sweat filled Skytower’s spiralling stairwell. 
The Fletcher team, dressed in the colour of champions, took to the stairs like All Blacks hounding after a tryline. While there might have been glimpses of Beauden-esque grace in the beginning, one suspects the narrative quickly turned into The Little Engine that Could. 

Did they make it to the top? Absolutely.

Did they win? Maybe not this time, but next year: watch this space.