March 9, 2009

Firefighters race up stairs

A Montana firefighter defeated 1,555 of his colleagues and set a new record in a stair-climbing race to the top of Seattle's Columbia Center.

Kory Burgess, 27, climbed 69 floors worth of stairs Sunday at the 18th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in 10 minutes and 55 seconds, beating the previous record of 11:08, The Seattle Times reported Monday.

Georgia Sanz Daniels, of Graham Fire and Rescue in Pierce County, Wash., was the top female competitor for the 11th time in 12 years, finishing in 14 minutes and 36 seconds.

Race participants, which included firefighters from Canada, Germany and New Zealand, climbed the stairs wearing 50 pounds of firefighting gear. Money raised by the event was donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.