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3/23/09 2:40 P

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It went GREAT!

We had a team total of 10 people. Six of us were Spakers and three of us were kids. Each and every one of us gave it our all and seven of us made it all the way to the top... WOOT! WOOT!

We raised $1735 by climb time and we have until April 10th to collect even more money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Check out our team page:

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Way to go everyone!

I am so very, VERY proud of each and every one of us!

WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3/23/09 2:12 P

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WOW you guys!!! We did it!!!!!


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3/21/09 9:49 P

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See y'all tomorrow!

I'll be there by 11:45am as our start time is at 12:15.

I'll be wearing my green SP shirt.

See you then!

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Shelia, do you have one of those portable defibrillators we can pack with us? Or maybe a cattle prod, and you can just stay behind me and give me a prod when I start to falter....

I'm so glad Ken has the day off and is going...I don't think I could drive that far with my hands like this...or on the way back when I'll probably be doubled up with charley horses, screaming in agony....

Anyway, he'll be in the lobby and he can hold on to anything we can't take in the stairwell with us. I'm DEFINITELY taking my phone, even though it takes really crappy pictures. I'm probably just going to wear jeans and my green Spark People t-shirt.

I haven't exercised on purpose (or even accidently) for 2 weeks!!! Not since my surgery!
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BUT LOOK HOW MUCH WE'VE RAISED!!!! WOOOO-HOOOOO!!!

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3/19/09 12:52 A

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I climbed up and down my steps for 10 mins... 720 steps total. I imagine it will be harder Sunday because I will be going up, up, UP!

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3/18/09 9:54 P

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Kris who will be doing this with us and who did it last year posted this over on the Snohomish COunty team:

Here's 2 other things to expect.

1. After you get up about 5 flights of stairs, the stairwell gets very very hot and stuffy. So make sure you wear clothes that breath very well.

2. At the 40th floor they will offer you a place to sit and relax and if you want, you can call it good there and head back to the lobby. The best advice I can give ya is to move beyond the 40th floor as quick as possible... it can be very tempting.

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3/18/09 5:13 P

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What to expect on race day!!!!

Free parking at the Columbia Center - 701 5th Ave. in downtown Seattle. Enter on Columbia St. between 4th & 5th Avenues. You may be directed to another nearby parking lot for overflow.

Everyone must check in on the 1st floor. Check-in is allowed only 30mins prior to your start time. After checking in listen for announcements for your actual start. Racers (timed) will line up by Specialty's Cafe and climbers (untimed) will line up by Cafe Columbia 5mins before the actual start time. You will enter the stairwell in 5 second intervals.

If you are on a team of 10 or more the team captain (Teresa Glidden) will check in for everyone. If your team is less than 10 people everyone needs to check in individually.

For those over 21, your $50 fundraising minimum must be turned in no later than April 10th. You may turn in pledges on race day at the Info tent. Participation in future events will not be allowed if this requirement is not met.

T-shirts and goodie bags can only be picked up after you check in.

There will be water in the stairwells on floors 21, 32, 40, 49, 56 & 65. Free water will be available at the finish as well. There will be NO water at the start.

Spectators are allowed on the 1st floor lobby level only!

If you need to pass someone in the stairwell, pass on the left. You should go up the stairwell single file on the right. Everyone will take the elevators down.

Racers MUST turn in their timing chip at the finish line or info booth. There is a $30 fee for lost chips. Chips should be worn on your right wrist.

**** After you soak in the view at the finish, you will be directed to the 40th floor Rehab where free post-race snacks are available.

RESPECT THE BUILDING - No pets, clean up after yourselves, adhere to all posted signs, and so forth. Any participant not adhering to rules may be asked to leave - no refunds.

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3/18/09 5:12 P

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Who-hoo! Are you ready?
You have one week left to train for the Big Climb. Umm, for the procrastinators, this is your only week to train.

This event is sold out so consider yourselves "lucky" to be able to climb 69 flights of stairs.

Before getting to the nitty gritty, here are some interesting facts:

* Youngest competitor doesn't even have a name yet (1st trimester). The oldest competitor is 98 years old. Yup, you HAVE to finish now or that could be embarassing.

* The fastest time last year was 7:39 and the slowest was 1hr 58 mins. Hmm, might have chatted too long with the water stop volunteers.

* The four largest teams combined total over 700 participants! They are checking in on the 2nd floor. Some advice - stay away from the 2nd floor.

* Think going up once is tough? One elite competitor will be going up the stairwell a record (7) times! Yikes.

* We are close to the $1 million mark so keep up the great work!

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The cloest to training I've done is working my stamina on the elliptical and working out everyday... I know I'll make it...

As long as I'm moving toward the finish line, I'm doing fine!!!

Can't wait to see everyone Sunday!

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So, uhm, I haven't done any more training and the big event is Sunday. I don't know how long it will take me, but I do know I am going to make it to the top!

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I could walk, but my calves off all things were sore.

Did 300 step ups on Monday and 400 step ups on Tuesday.

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3/8/09 3:50 P

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I'm getting serious about this event!

I just did 500 step ups using my kitchen step stool. It is nine and a half inches tall.

Guess we shall see if I can walk tomorrow morning... LOL!

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3/2/09 11:41 A

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WOOHOO! I can't believe we are up to 10 members! Isn't it amazing how one small SPARK can burst into a flame?!?!?!

Here is the link to view the Spark The Stairs team:
www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events/
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Edited by: SCAROUSEL1 at: 3/2/2009 (12:04)
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WOW! WOW! WOW! ANNA, you are the TOP fundraiser for the team right now! WAY TO GO!

We now have TEN teammembers, and as a team we are more than halfway to our goal of raising $1000. I guess I better increase that - we've still got 3 weeks!

We are going to SPARK THE STAIRS but good!!!!


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The kids just registered! We got two more!!! Welcome to Andrew and Lupe for Spark The Stairs...

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Emily and her husband are joining us... and it sounds like my roommate's kids (11 and 12) will be joining our team too! I'm going over to Emily's this weekend to help her get her page set up, lol!

I have two pledges online already (made my $50) and my grandma has a check in the mail - and Boeing will match her donation so not quite sure where that puts me but I can't wait!



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2/25/09 1:42 P

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Check it out!

www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events/BigClim
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The SPARK THE STAIRS team is up to four members!

Sign up today and join Tess, Joni, Anna and myself as we climb the Columbia Center stairwell to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

P.S. Anna says her friend Emily is going to sign up too! That will make 5!

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2/24/09 2:23 P

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We've gotta third... WOOHOO!

Anna aka ANNALEA753 who we met on the walk this last weekend.

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I also just sent her an invite to this team... GRIN!

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I'll just bring Sophie. She likes to walk behind me on stairs, goosing me with her nose! LMAO!


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2/23/09 7:16 P

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WE are going ALL 1,311 stairs anyway so that is $$$ in the pledge bank!

Don't you dare make me bring my cattle prod... MWAHAHAHAHA!

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YeeeeeHAW!

I've got two pledges at work so far, with more people saying they will. My boss pledged $20 and another guy I work with pledged 2 pennies per stair. So now I HAVE to go all 1,311 stairs since the $26.22 pledge depends on it! LOL!

I'm EXCITED!


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2/23/09 6:32 P

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Guess what?

Anna (ANNALEA) that we met this weekend is thinking about joining us and another Sparker named Joni too... CROSS YOUR FINGERS! That would equal a team... GRIN!

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2/23/09 3:17 P

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I got registered today! I joined the "Spark The Stairs!" team of course and even set up my fundraising page... WOOHOO!

I'm off to see if I can find any other Sparkers interested in joining us!

If anyone wants to check out my page, here is the link:
www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events/BigClim
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Good morning!

Shelia, don't forget to register for the Big Climb! I'm the only one so far...we need at least 4 to be a team. My father-in-law made a donation to the team (instead of me individually) so that will be spread evenly amongst all the team members.

Edited by: KETTLEBELLJUNKY at: 2/23/2009 (11:46)

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He will leave here on April 5th, 2009. Right now he is slated to return sometime in May 2010.

I will be doing the Whidbey Island 1/2 Marathon on March 29th since it is a local event.

Once he is gone, I will be interested in doing all sorts of activities to stay busy!

Edited by: CYND59 at: 2/22/2009 (19:49)
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When is his deployment, Cyndi? I TOTALLY understand you not wanting to commit to anything while he's home!


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I wish you all well but I cannot commit to anything until after my hubby leaves for his one year deployment.

Please take some pictures. This sounds very interesting and perhaps I can participate next year!

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Shelia and I have formed a team called "Spark the Stairs" to climb the Columbia Center (69 flights - 1,311 steps!) on March 22nd in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Washington.

I am doing this because I think it will be a really fun (?!) team event, as well as to celebrate my mother-in-law's triumph over leukemia!

Check out my page - you can join the team from there and then create your own page and start fundraising! The registration is limited (the tower is only so big! LOL) and it will close when capacity has been reached, so register as soon as possible!

I would LOVE it if all the Originals were there! To either climb OR to volunteer!

Yeeeeee-haw!

www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events/BigClim
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