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Oklahoma City competitive stair climb: Little Willie's Trip Dog Dare

Downtown Oklahoma City property owner Mark Beffort and his triathlon-competing friends came up with the idea to run and walk upstairs and down in both towers of Leadership Square and Oklahoma Tower.
by Richard Mize Published: November 28, 2012

“There are prizes, awards and recognition given for the top finishers for men and women and by age groups. Stair climbing is one of the most grueling sports, requiring competitors to move their entire body weight vertically, instead of horizontally.”

Beffort, a triathlon competitor, said one of his fellow local competitors came up with the idea. He said 200-plus are expected to compete, with most taking the Triple Dog Dare. He said the first one to finish could be done in 20 minutes or so — that's when I reached for an oxygen mask (kidding, but DANG) — and that most would be done in an hour or so.

An aid station will be set up. Volunteers will be on hand at the bottom, middle and top of each building for anyone needing assistance.

A massage therapist will be on hand for afterward. Prizes will be awarded by age group and to the top three overall men, women, firefighters and teams.

The basic entry fee is $40. Three-person relay team fee is $70. Firefighter entry fee is $35, and firefighter relay team fee is $60. Puppy Dog fee (ages 10 to 16) is $20. Puppy Dog relay fee is $35.

Sponsors are Grubb & Ellis-Levy Beffort and First Mortgage Co. Proceeds will go to Norman-based SaBaR Youth Triathlon. For more information, and to register, go to

What ... fun. Y'all knock yourselves out. If I competed in something downtown involving dogs, it'd more likely be a hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island, 428 W Main.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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