About the Event

What is Step Up?

The Step Up Challenge is a great way to challenge yourself physically and has 4 event locations: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.

Vancouver Calgary Edmonton Toronto


Stair climbing is a great sport that improves the fitness level of each participant and burns more calories than walking or running. However, just because it is a challenge, doesn't mean that you can't do it. From experienced athletes to first time stair climbers, the Step Up Challenge is a challenge that everyone can meet! Like with any athletic activity, you need to find the elements that work for you. 

It's a great way to bring people together to work toward a common goal. Once you register, you will have access to terrific tools to help you have a great team experience. 

A minimum pledge requirement will help to raise much needed funds for prostate cancer research. Prostate Cancer Canada is the leading national foundation dedicated to the elimination of the disease through research, advocacy, education, support and awareness.”

Benefits of Stair Climbing

Stair climbing is a total body workout and burns about twice as many calories than any other sport or activity. Because of its intensity, stair climbing requires less time to do the same intensity of a longer workout. For example, if you run 30 minutes per day, the same workout intensity could be achieved with 15 minutes of stair climbing. 

It makes the arms stronger with the use of the arms pulling you up with the use of the rails (or banister) which is allowed and encouraged. Stair climbing especially builds muscle mass in the legs, including the quadriceps and calves. It is an aerobic sport as it works the cardio-vascular lung package. Stair climbing becomes an anaerobic event after about 10 to 20 flights of stairs as it strains your aerobic capacity to hold an intense load on the cardio-vascular package to the top of a very tall building. Since the contest is vertical, even a 70 story race up is not a total sprint and requires endurance, sprint, and muscular strength to complete in a fast time. 

Stair climbing is excellent for cross-training. Runners, swimmers, cyclists, rowers, soccer (or football), and others find stair climbing to be helpful with its total workout. Cyclists, skiers, and rowers are especially attracted to the muscle mass in the legs which can be developed with stair climbing.

Where Your Donations Go

Step Up Challenge Vancouver: All the proceeds raised in the Step Up Challenge Vancouver will be supporting research at the Vancouver Prostate Centre.  The Vancouver Prostate Centre has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. The Centre is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research focused on improving longevity and quality of life for patients in BC, and around the world.

Step Up Challenge Calgary: All the proceeds raised in the Step Up Challenge Calgary will be supporting the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Located in Calgary, it is the comprehensive cancer centre for southern Alberta and a lead centre for the province-wide cancer prevention, research and treatment programs. The Centre provides advanced medical and supportive cancer care, patient and professional education, and conducts research through the Alberta Cancer Research Institute. 

Step Up Challenge Edmonton: Proceeds will go towards helping Dr. Kerry Courneya at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Courneya and his team have conducted research showing that exercise enhances physical functioning, quality of life and reduces psychological distress in prostate cancer patients during and after radiation and hormone treatments. To date, however, no study has investigated the effects of exercise in prostate cancer patients during active surveillance to determine if exercise can slow the growth of the cancer, help manage anxiety and the fear of cancer progression, and better prepare these men for the eventuality of radical treatments.

In their study, Dr. Courneya and his team propose to evaluate exercise during active surveillance for prostate cancer. They hope to provide evidence that exercise will inhibit tumour growth and help manage anxiety, thereby delaying or even eliminating the need for treatment. If this intervention works, exercise could become a key component of active surveillance practice.

Step Up Challenge Toronto: All the proceeds raised in the Step Up Challenge Toronto will be invested in research focused on early detection, treatment, and survivorship. Additionally, your support helps us produce up-to-date, accurate, and effective support resources and services that are made available to patients, caregivers, and family members free of charge.

Together, we really are making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

For the year ended March 31, 2016, a total of 72.2% of all Prostate Cancer Canada’s expenditures was invested in programs and services related to education, awareness and support across the country, as well as funding research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.

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