The 23rd annual Firefighter Stair Climb challenge is Sunday at Seattle’s Columbia Tower.
The race includes 1,800 firefighters from nearly 300 departments around the world and raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The firefighters carry 50 pounds of bunker gear and climb 1,311 steps, 788 vertical feet.
Georgia Sanz Daniels, a 44-year-old firefighter from Graham Fire and Rescue, won the women’s race in 14 minutes, 22 seconds last year. Andrew Drobeck, 31, of Missoula City Fire won the men’s race in 10:48.
A race for civilians, Big Climb, is scheduled for March 23.