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In 2006 it came to Jim
Campbell's attention that a fellow firefighter, Bell Ekse of
Washington State, in order to raise funds for the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society, spent 24 hours on a stair stepping
machine, taking 66,102 steps of eight inches each - a total
of 44,068 feet (nine miles) straight uphill. This was widely
acclaimed as a world record.
Stair climb races are
fairly popular among firefighters and Pike Township
(Indianapolis) has fielded one of the best ones in the city
for many, many years, dominating the "Bop to the Top"- an
annual stair climb race up the 37 story AUL building. About
10 years ago Jim had been a member of that team as well.
Interested in becoming
active in the competition once again, Jim went into
training. In his first event in a decade he felt
disappointed in his performance and felt he should work to
become better. He decided that as a motivation for getting
into better shape, and helping others at the same time, he
would attempt to break Ekse's record.
On August 17th, 2006 (after
months of intensive training and losing 20% of his body
weight as a result) Lt James Campbell finished 24 hours of
stair climbing and completely shattered the previous record.
The record now stood at 106,000 stairs- 13.4 vertical miles-
or the equivalent of a half-marathon straight up.
In October of 2007 Campbell
attempted to break his own record. With the sun beating down
hard (90 degrees with high humidity) Jim managed to climb
83,509 stairs in 24 hours. Not enough to break a record but
more than enough to raise money for the three main charities
that he helps to support.
This year, 2008, the record
was broken by another Campbell, although unrelated to Jim.
Scott Campbell, personal trainer from Portland, Oregon,
climbed 264 steps higher that Jim's previous record. Scott's
efforts were put forth to help raise funds for AIDS Projects
Unfortunately the Guiness
Book of World Records does not recognize this event for
inclusion in their book. Luckily the charities helped
through these efforts were the most important thing on the
Jim Campbell's fund raising
efforts on behalf of charity continues! Please don't believe
that because the climbs are done, so is the work. The fund
raising goal was set very high this time around and, to
date, very little of it has been raised. Please consider
contributing, either through the link provided or directly
to the charities. Thank you.
This event is done for the sole purpose of raising money for
Three main charities are supported by this: to help educate
firefighters’ kids through The Jim Cleek Scholarship Fund
(an educational endowment in honor of one of my Lieutenants
who died of cancer), to educate Police officers’ kids
through The Jason Baker Scholarship (a scholarship in honor
of a local police officer murdered in the line of duty), and
better US Army Officers through The Maude Foundation (a
scholarship in honor of my brother in law, killed on 9-11).
These are smaller charities that struggle to receive funding
and to whom a small donation means a great deal.
100%- every single penny- of the money donated to this event
goes to benefit the charities. There are no overhead costs
and any expenses (such as this website and printed
materials) are covered by other specific individual
"Charity efforts remain on going and I'm surprised that
they've required more effort than the actual climbing, as
hard as that may be to believe" states Lt. Campbell. “These
are charities that are either based in or have strong
Indianapolis connections, yet most of the donations come
from businesses with little link to this area. It would
certainly be motivating to see local folks support a US
Soldier, a Police Officer, and a Firefighter who gave their
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