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Stair Climb to the Top

Krupa Parekh (l) and Daniel Navarro (r) with the 75-story US Bank Tower behind them.

Race results of YMCA Stair Climb:

Cal State L.A.’s College of Health and Human Services (with more photos):

CSULA School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science:

These folks stepped up

CSULA Kinesiology teams climb tower to boost YMCA

Representing CSULA’s School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science at the Stair Climb to the Top were (front, l-r) , Angelica Arciga, Suley Rivera, Yesenia Arreola and Krupa Parekh; and (back, l-r) Daniel Navarro and Tom Schumacher.  Not pictured are Diego Campos and Armando Parra.

Talk about upward mobility.

Two teams of students and faculty participants from Cal State L.A.’s School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science last fall stair-stepped their way to the top of the 75-story US Bank Tower. Topping off at 1,108 feet, it the tallest building in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River; and it has good elevators.

The eight CSULA runners (four to a team) hit the stairwells to support the “Elevators are for Wimps” fundraiser for the Stuart M. Ketchum Downtown YMCA. Leading the way was Diego Campos, who raced to the top in 13 minutes, 10 seconds – good enough for 12th place out of more than 1,300 climbers. The other CSULA times ranged from 19 to 39 minutes. The course record is 9:28.

Stepping up for CSULA were (l-r) Yesenia Arreola, Krupa Parekh, Daniel Navarro, Suley Rivera and Angelica Arciga. (Not pictured are Diego Campos, Armando Parra and Tom Schumacher.).

Joining Campos on CSULA’s kinesiology teams were Angelica Arciga, Yesenia Arreola, Daniel Navarro, Krupa Parekh, Armando Parra, Suley Rivera and Tom Schumacher. Meanwhile, Beatrice Yorker, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, cheered from below and took photos.

The race attracted elite athletes from around the country, teams of firefighters with all their gear on, police and SWAT teams, and groups representing major downtown L.A. businesses. (Participants come down via elevators.)

The event raised more than $300,000 for the non-profit downtown YMCA, which offers sports programs, after-school child care, and other community and health programs.