The second annual HERA Climb for Life Washington DC raised $33,146 for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation. For a $25 donation to the HERA Foundation, participants took part in a month long climbing celebration, from March 3 – April 1, that was presented by REI and Black Diamond with Earth Treks and Sportrock gyms. Events included the Kick-off Party on March 3 at REI Fairfax, VA, the Climber’s Festival on March 4 at Sportrock, located in Sterling, VA and a month of clinics with pro-athletes Roxanna Brock, Will Gadd, Nate Gold, and Anna Gonzalez, REI’s self-rescue clinic, Eric Horst’s training workshop at REI Timonium, and Earth Trek’s Chris Warner’s presented three slideshows.
Participants who raised over $100 were eligible to compete for the title of Top Climber by climbing designated routes in the participating Earth Trek and Sportrock gyms. Points earned for routes and boulder problems were tracked on scorecards. But the race for the title of Top Fundraiser is what really heated up between local climbers. For the first time in Climb for Life history, groups of climbers teamed up to raise money for HERA and the competition was fierce.
During the Wrap Party on Saturday, April 1 at Earth Treks in Rockville, MD, kudos went out to the top fundraisers, which included in the individual category:
Angie SeckingerTeam: Sportrock Team $2,625.00Luis CalderonTeam: Gang Green $1,600.00Alyce SmithTeam: Powered by Pizza $1,390.00
In the team fundraising category, Sportrock’s 35 members snagged first place, raising a total of $7,295.00, Try the Meatloaf’s 17 person climber team raised $6,750 for second place and in third place was Powered by Pizza, whose 22 climbers raised $3,751.00.