National MS Society Climb to the Top

by Boh
(Framingham, MA, USA)

Our Team After the Climb To The Top Boston

Our Team After the Climb To The Top Boston

Running in the National MS Society Climb to the Top Boston

In several previous years, we've put together teams of participants for The National MS Society Climb to the Top Boston event.

In this fundraising event, participants begin in either the basement of 200 Clarendon Tower (formerly known as The Hancock Building or Hancock Tower) or on the first floor (we've experienced both starting points).

Though group of participants might be in the runners' corral, each participant begins their trek up the 61 flights of stairs with 10 seconds in between each racer.

When I'd first considered putting together a team for the event, I'd started with some research of the physical parts of the event.

I'd already known that the cause, helping to fund research for treatment and a cure for MS, was important to me, as several friends had been diagnosed through the years, and I'd wanted to be able to support them.

In researching the exercise portion of the event, I'd found that some of the fastest runners had completed the full staircase in roughly 7 minutes time. (That's moving!).

I'd also noticed that many participants did not run, and for several reasons.

For some, walking or hiking the stairs was exercise enough. Their goal was not speed-related, but with a focus on reaching the finish line, no matter the obstacle.

Among the participants were many people who had been diagnosed with MS, as well a number of firefighters in full gear, helping to do their part to raise both awareness and funds.

Adjusting My Strategy for the Physical Challenge of The National MS Society Climb to the Top

My initial strategy, in my first year, was to attack the stairs at a run, two steps at a time.

That lasted for about 5 flights, where it then became running one step at a time, which finally turned to walking a step at a time.

From the perspective of a health professional, I had loved the challenge of adjusting my training for what we'd anticipated. And, as is true with many of the events in which we participate, I found myself excited to adjust my training program for the next time I faced the 61 flights!

In the end, it isn't really the time that matters. What stands out is that we did this as a group, and for a cause much greater than ourselves.

And, it is exciting, each year, to see some of the same faces of staff, volunteers, spectators, and participants. And, even more impressive, is how the event has grown.

Hopefully, this (and the many other events held by The National MS Society) are bringing us closer to finding a cure. I'm excited to continue participating.

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