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FF Defends Stair Climb Title, Breaks Own World Record

FF Defends Stair Climb Title, Breaks Own World Record

Associated Press

March 08, 2011

MISSOULA, Mont. — A Missoula firefighter has won a stairclimbing competition in Seattle for the third straight year.

The Missoulian reports Missoula Rural Fire’s Kory Burgess won the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb Sunday by running up 69 flights of stairs in 10 minutes, 53.78 seconds, breaking the record he set two years ago.

About 1,500 firefighters competed in the event, in which they run up the stairs of the Columbia Center wearing about 50 pounds of gear and a breathing apparatus.

Missoula City Fire’s Andy Drombeck was second with a time of 10:56.64 while Brandon French of the Kalispell Fire Department was fifth in 12:19.22. Missoula Rural Fire finished second in the team standings while Missoula City Fire was fourth.

The event raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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