It’s no small feat to run, walk or crawl up the 53 flights or 1,103 steps of Perth’s tallest building, Central Park during the Step Up for MSWA challenge. Ascending the tunnel of stairs is a heart starter and previous events have seen buckets at regular intervals for those who’ve pushed themselves a little too far.
Previous winner and last year’s second placed stair climber Sean O’Neill said training specifically for the event will ease the discomfort. “
If you can’t find a long set of stairs to train on, find a decent hill to run or even cycle up and build up to multiple reps,” O’Neill advises. “It’s important to work on strengthening your quads and glutes for this event, because they’ll be burning afterwards.”
If you’re aiming to go fast, O’Neill recommends warming up properly first before letting us in on some trade secrets.
“The fastest way to complete the climb is to take every second step,” O’Neill reveals. “Also, use the hand rails to pull yourself up, which will lessen the load on your legs.”
Your legs will likely feel the burn upon completion regardless (1,103 steps will do that), but this physical challenge is more than worth it. As you burst onto the roof of Central Park and suck in the refreshing, cool air, you and around 700 others will have raised much-needed funds for those living with neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease and more. Every dollar raised from the event is donated to MSWA, who provides support and services to those living with all neurological conditions in WA, with 2016’s event raising $141,000.
Challenge yourself at this year’s stair climb on June 18 and be part of something that makes others’ lives better. Find out more at www.stepupformswa.org.au
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