This last weekend, 1,555 firefighters from around the world descended on Seattle to compete in the annual Firefighter Stairclimb. The event runs up the 69 flights of stairs in the Columbia Center (Seattle's tallest building) and is a fund raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Out of all of those firefighters - Andy Drobek (frsh off his 1:17:37 1/2-Marathon at the Snow Joke) (and a member of the City of Missoula Fire Dept.) finished second overall.
This is no cake walk. The competitors wear 50 pounds of gear (including breathing apparatus) and climb 788 vertical feet in the 69 sets of stairs. It's got to be a gut-busting, puke inducing effort to finish at the front of the pack.
Congrats to Andy.
The Muddy Buzzard