Montana Firefighter Wins Seattle Stairclimb

SEATTLE — A firefighter from Montana won the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in record time at Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kory Burgess of Lolo, Mont., a member of the Missoula Rural fire department, set a new record of 10 minutes, 55.75 seconds in climbing 69 stories, or 1,311 steps, in the 76-story building.

The previous record was 11:08. Competitors make the climb dressed in full bunker gear and breathing apparatus weighing a total of about 50 pounds.

The women’s title was won for the 11th time by Georgia Sanz Daniels of Graham Fire and Rescue in 14:36.65.

The annual stairclimb benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.