Jill Colton, staff writer
April 15, 2011 — They came, they saw and they conquered all 1,776 steps of the CN Tower. Team Weather Network climbed (and at times) huffed and puffed their way up the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.
They took on the stairs for a great cause and quite literally rose to the occassion.
Dressed in blue and yellow, Team Weather Network consisted of five members: Farah Dallah, Shawn Legg, Chris Murphy, B.J. Stewart and Natalie Thomas.
Prior to stair-climbing, the team members formulated their game plan.
On-air presenter Natalie Thomas's idea involved using her height as an advantage.
“I am six feet tall so i'm hoping my long legs can project me.”
Meanwhile, the latest addition to The Weather Network's on-air lineup, Farah Dhalla, planned on stepping in ample time. “My goal is to get this done in 20 minutes.”
There was also the chance for some good old fashioned competition between colleagues. Morning show producer B.J. Stewart's main goal was to beat morning show host Chris Murphy up the 143 flights of stairs.
Chris, on the other hand, wasn't intimidated by the number of steps. “Piece of cake, I'm going to do it twice,” he said confidently.
But in the end, it was editor/switcher Shawn Legg who proved to be the team's best climber. He was barely out of breath when he finished with a time of 17 minutes and 55 seconds. The world record time for a man is currently set at 7 minutes, 52 seconds.
The group managed to raise more than $1,600 in just under two weeks. A big thanks to all who supported and sponsored our climbers. All the proceeds went to the WWF.