31-story tower race to benefit Special Olympics

How quickly do you think you could run, or even walk, up 31 flights of stairs?

A group of police officers, firefighters, and others raced against the clock Thursday morning in Orange Beach for a good cause.

And, if you think all of them ran in T-shirts and shorts, you may be in for a surprise.


Several dozen people gathered at the pre-race get together for a stairwell “Race To The Top Of The Tower” at Turquoise Place condominiums.

Duane Dickson, General Manager of Spectrum Resorts, said, “They’re going to come running right in through the lobby entrance doors and around into the stairwell, and, then, they’re going to go up 31 flights to the rooftop.”

Entry fees go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics of Alabama, which is why many police officers and firefighters were here, even in uniform and gear.

Imagine a race up 31 flights of steps wearing helmets, vests, and firefighting gear?


With the blast of a tiny cannon, the runners took off, and the clock started ticking.

When asked what the record was, Dickson said, “The record is a little over four minutes from last year. “

The winner made it in four minutes and twenty seconds, two seconds off the record.


Then came those police officers and firefighters dressed in their gear.

When asked how he runs in full gear, one firefighter with the Pensacola Fire Department said, “I sweat a lot.”

Another runner, Becca Wilson of Pensacola, said, “It’s painful. I don’t want to be a fireman.”

When asked how he made it, Joey Roberts with South Baldwin Special Response Unit said, “One step at a time.”

The race was sponsored by Spectrum Resorts and Gulf Coast Event Group.


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