Winnipeg Man Climbs 58,000 Feet Equivalent to Raise Fund for CancerCare Manitoba – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

A Winnipeg man is trying to climb 58,000 feet in 24 hours to raise money for CancerCare Manitoba – something like.

Alex Long’s grueling journey began on Friday afternoon in Winnipeg, using a Jacob’s ladder, a continuous tape at an angle that requires the user to climb its endless rungs.

“The only parallel to Mount Everest is the distance,” Long told 680 CJOB this week.

“I was born and raised in Winnipegger, but I’m not a big fan of the cold, so I have no intention of climbing a mountainside.”

However, the long-distance stationary “climb” is not new to Long. Two years ago, he participated in a similar fundraiser at the Winnipeg Winter Club and raised $ 5,200 over a 36-hour period, of which 17 or 18 hours included actual climbing.

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This time, Long said he’s doing it in one go, with just seven hours of total break time.

“I have decided to improve the game, because this time I do not need to leave the premises,” he said.

“This time, with Richard Burr Fitness, I have 24-hour access and I’m going to challenge myself to do the full 58,000 feet in a 24-hour window.”

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Long said he expects the ordeal to require about four days of recovery time, “because it drains you in every way.”

“It’s tiring, because you’re using your core, your legs, your calves burn almost instantly … and then the contact points: the heel of your hands, those parts that hit the ladder every time you move, all of those are wear out very fast.

“In the end, it’s a stinging sensation every time you drop your hands on the bars and your feet hurt. It’s pretty brutal. “

The effort is part of the Ride Inside 2021 event, for which CancerCare Manitoba has partnered with Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler and his wife Sam for the third year in a row.

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“One of the things that was a really interesting part of the genesis of this event was the Wheelers’ desire to do more than just support financially,” said CancerCare Manitoba Foundation President Patti Smith, adding that the rise of Long is raising funds specifically for Precision Oncology For Youth (PROFYLE).

“The mandate of PROFYLE is to treat the most difficult cancers to treat in children and young people,” he said.

“The purpose of PROFYLE for whom is to provide hope and is a nationwide association.”

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