In August & September, the KETCHUM-DOWNTOWN YMCA offers free training sessions for participants!
August 1st - September 19th
Tuesdays & Thursdays
The cut off for beginning a climb is 7:00
Wells Fargo Building, 333 S Grand Ave - 54 floors. Meet at the corner of 3rd & Hope.
Park in the City National Garage underneath the YMCA (entrances at 401 S Hope Street and 400 S Flower Street). The YMCA Welcome Center will provide validated $2 parking for up to 3 hours. Locker rooms are open to all trainees 30 minutes before the session begins, and 30 minutes after it ends (5:30-8pm). Please remember to bring a lock, towel and an ID. Keep in mind that the Y no longer has complimentary towel service. Please bring your own towel if you plan to shower.
2017 Check-In Procedure
Step 1: Sign YMCA Waiver & receive Y stamp. This can be done at our check-in table at the corner of 3rd and Hope, or at the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA if you will be using our locker rooms.
Step 2: Sign Brookfield Waiver & bring it into line with you. Your waiver will be collected at the front of the line. You can print this waiver at home or pick up a copy at our check-in table at the corner of 3rd & Hope.
2017 Training Guidelines
- Do not bring any items into the stairwells. For example: headphones, music devices, water bottles, backpacks, and ankle weights/weighted vests are not permitted. The only exception is a fanny pack for personal items.
- Arrive no later than 45 minutes after training has begun (6:45pm).
- Water bottles may be left at our check-in table, but the YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- ONLY EXIT ON FLOOR 54 – if you are unable to finish the climb, you may walk back down the stairs, or utilize an intercom in the stairwell to contact security. Access to the roof is not permitted.
- YMCA trainers reserve the right to limit the number of repeat climbs per person if the line is deemed too long
- The cut-off for beginning a climb is 7:10pm
- Must be 18
Tip #1: The most efficient way to train is to climb as many stairs as possible before the event. Begin by doing 10 minutes of low-pace, uninterrupted stairs 2-3 times per week.
Tip #2: Train as you would for a 5K or 3.1 mile race.
Tip #3: A common mistake is to climb too rapidly at the beginning of the race, causing shortness of breath or light headedness. Consciously slow yourself down while ascending the first 10 floors, then ease yourself into a pace that works for you.
Tip #4: To improve your cardiovascular fitness, mix in different speeds and effort levels. For example, complete two minutes of easy climbing followed by one minute of maximum effort. As you increase your fitness, you can increase your maximum effort time to 2-3 minutes and keep your recovery pace to two minutes.
Tip #5: To increase muscle support, try using every step when you're on even floors, then skip every other step on odd floors.
Tip #6: Take advantage of SoCal's climate by organizing an outdoor training! Santa Monica, Culver City, and Runyon Canyon have some excellent stairs for training.
Tip #7: Flexibility is important to help prevent injuries and recover tight muscles after training. It's important to stretch for at least five minutes after your workouts.
Tip #8: You do not need to carbo-load for the Stair Climb and you should avoid large meals before training as well. However, 200 calories of bread, bananas, or similarly bland foods before the race could give you just the boost you need.
Tip #9: Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking about 16oz of water before training or coming to the event. There will be several water stations along the route.