3 Reasons to step up (way up!) for our communities

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Will you be rising to the challenge at this year’s CN Tower Climb for United Way?

Before you lace up your sneakers, we thought we’d share a few tidbits about the CN Tower, and the awesome climbers and volunteers who step up year after year.

1. You’ll need to be quick: Think you’ve got what it takes to beat the fastest CN Tower climb time? Then be prepared to conquer roughly four steps a second! That’s right. The current record—undefeated since the 1989 CN Tower Climb for United Way—is a swift seven minutes and 52 seconds. That’s just over 222 steps a minute and over 20 minutes faster than the average climb time! Brendan Keenoy, a police officer, became the fastest person to climb the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. A remarkable feat that has been standing tall for almost 26 years.

CN Tower2. Tall is an understatement: Just looking at the CN Tower can make your knees wobble. Built in 1976—just one year before the first CN Tower Climb for United Way—the Tower stands a whopping 553 metres (1,815 ft) high. That’s the equivalent of four Canadian football fields and almost 11 times as high as Niagara Falls! Keeping with the Canadian theme, the famous glass floor can also withstand the weight of 35 moose.


But what’s even more amazing is the number of people who have climbed over the past 38 years in support of United Way—more than 230,000! Not to mention the 550 volunteers who attend each year to ensure that the climb is safe and fun. That’s a lot of people coming together for a common cause.

Particpants3. The calf burn is worth the reward: Since its inception, the CN Tower Climb for United Way has raised over $26 million! That’s a lot of money going toward building brighter futures for individuals and families, from the Toronto waterfront to the southern shore of Lake Simcoe. It’s true! Every step does change lives.

Registration is now open, so sign up today. You might just add to the legend at this year’s climb.

2 thoughts on “3 Reasons to step up (way up!) for our communities

  1. Hi,

    Both links go to this page:


    Has the story been removed?



    Andrew Pearson
    Manager Resource Development
    Tel 416-777-1444 EXT 376

    • Hi Andrew,
      Both links point to the registration page. Could you please let us know what story page you’re referring to? Thanks!

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