‘Climb for a Cause’

By: 
Jamie Hult, Staff writer
Anytime Fitness owner Jayme Smid is holding a stair-climbing challenge on the anniversary  of 9/11. Jamie Hult/BV Journal

Anytime Fitness stages 9/11 challenge for Brandon Fire Dept. 

 

Dozens of area residents will attempt to climb 110 flights of stairs Wednesday in a grueling tribute to 9/11 and firefighters everywhere, including Brandon’s own.
They’ll take the challenge at the local Anytime Fitness club. Owner Jayme Smid is holding the first Climb for a Cause, in which people will walk the StairMaster all day Wednesday in 15-minute blocks. 
Those who finish will have walked 1,980 steps, or the number of steps to the top of the World Trade Center.
“I thought, what better way to pay tribute to 9/11 and kind of challenge people mentally to reflect back on that day and physically?” Smid mused. “Because that’s a lot (of steps).”
Some are accepting the challenge because all the proceeds from the $5 registration fee goes to the Brandon Volunteer Fire Department. 
“We’re greatly appreciative of that, number one, she’s doing something with the event, and number two, that people are still remembering it,” said Brandon Fire Chief Robert Dykstra. 
For youngsters growing up, he added, the events surrounding Sept. 11, 2001, are already history they’re studying in school. 
“Obviously, in the emergency services field, it was an unfortunate event,” he added. “I’m not saying we have to idolize them, but just remember is nice.”
Anytime Fitness already holds Climb Mt. Everest, in which people accumulate 43,000 steps over two months. 
Climb for a Cause, however, has a little more meat. A little more purpose. 
“Even if you’ve never done something like this before, it’s a great way to try something new,” Smid said. 
While the StairMaster isn’t Anytime’s most popular machine – people tend to love it or be intimidated by it, Smid said – bikers and treadmillers will find it raises a person’s heart rate up more than other machines.
“Most people will climb for a few minutes, take a break, climb for a few minutes, take a break. It’s whatever your fitness level is,” she said. “It’s something anybody can come and try – however you want to challenge yourself.”
Climbers will hop on the StairMaster from 5 a.m. through 9 p.m. Wednesday, and there are still available timeslots, Smid said.
To learn more or sign up, call Anytime Fitness at 605-582-4104, stop in at 908 E. Redwood Blvd. or message Anytime Fitness Brandon on Facebook.

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