No one was looking forward to the challenge of this year’s CN Tower stair climb for United Way more than Philip Luca of Human Resources.
He clocked 18 minutes, 50 seconds, climbing the 1,776 steps last year.
“That was a very disappointing time for me,” said Luca, who just completed his first year with the Service. “In high school, I was a cross-country runner and my times were around 16 minutes.”
To substantially improve his time, Luca decided to get in tip-top shape.
“I did lots of running on a treadmill,” he said. “I also ran from the lobby to the penthouse on the 54th floor of my condo on a few occasions.”
The hard work paid dividends.
In this year’s event on October 23, Luca completed the climb in 16 minutes, 56 seconds.
He also raised $200 for United Way.
“I am very happy with the way things went this year and hopefully I will be back next year to improve on my time and raise more money,” Luca said.
A total of 20 Service members took part in this year’s climb that raised $3,500 – one of the largest turnouts for the event.
Two teams from the Toronto Emergency Task Force and York Regional Police Emergency Response Unit after Chief Mark Saunders made the challenge to York Chief Eric Joliffe.
The York team pulled off the win by four seconds with a total time of 31:20 by officers Matt and Steve.
The Service has raised $5 million over the past 10 years for the United Way Toronto & York Region through payroll deductions, unit-level fundraisers and large events.