Almost 1,000 climbers in Calgary Canada, made the 12th annual thigh-testing trek up Calgary Tower’s 27 flights of stairs to raise $75,000 in pledge money to help the Alberta Wilderness Association protect the environment. Another 60 people ran one kilometer around the tower before climbing the local landmark in the first annual Running Room Run for Wilderness. The fastest person to finish the run and climb reached the top in eight minutes and 56 seconds. The record is 30 for the most climbs up the tower during the five-hour fundraiser. Many eased the burden by tugging on the sturdy steel railing, while others stopped on landings decorated with scenic murals and talked to volunteers ready to help them if they felt sick.