Stair Events Around the World   
Here is a list of all known outdoor stair events: 
April: Sachsischer Mt Everest Treppenmarathon, Germany 
Run (or walk) 84.39 km (a distance equal to two marathons) and climb 8840 meters (equal to the height of Mt Everest) with 100 roundtrips on this set of 397 stairs in the German countryside.  There is a 24-hour time limit. 
June:  Niesen Treppan Lauf, Switzerland 
I don't read German, but this outdoor stairclimb looks really tough. 
June: The Big Parade, Los Angeles, CA 
This is a free, two-day, 35-mile walking tour of Los Angeles and includes 101 public stairways.  You can do all or part of the route.  Practice walks in the month of May.  See the real LA.  For a report on the 2010 Big Parade go the the Stair Event Reports page. 
July:  Seek the Peak Relay, North Vancouver, BC, Canada 
This race, done as either a four-person relay or solo, starts at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver.  The 16-kilometer course climbs to the start of the Grouse Grind and then continues relentlessly up the Grind to the Grouse Mountain Lodge.   The runners then continue upwards to the summit of Grouse Mountain (elevation 4,100 feet) and then back down to the finish at the Peak Chalet.  Since you start at sea level (elevation 0 feet) the total elevation gain is also 4,100 feet.  The race is a fundraiser for Rethink Breast Cancer. 
September: Grouse Grind Mountain Run, North Vancouver, BC, Canada 
Run up Grouse Mountain climbing 2830 stairs and gaining 2800 feet in 2.9 kilometers.  First place men and women's prize is $1500 (Canadian).  Start your training now! 
October:  Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb, Bisbee, AZ 
This event encourages physical fitness regardless of age, level of fitness, ability and available time. The Bisbee 1000 event allows you to use any combination of walking, running and resting to traverse nine sets of steps and numerous back-roads at a mile-high altitude. While conquering over 1,000 steps you will be serenaded by musicians playing at strategic points along the route. Participants can compete aggressively for overall and age group prizes; enjoy a challenging fitness walk or family stroll, or any combination thereof.    
October:  Stone Steps 50K Trail Race, Cincinnati, OH 
Run the stone stairs (steps) of Mount Airy Forest in Cincinnati.  This is the only ultramarathon in Cincinnati.  Multiple loops and opportunities to run (or walk) up the stairs.  This race is a fundraiser for improvements to the Mount Airy Forest trails (Cincinnati Park Board). 
If you participate or attend any of these events please send me your comments about the event and some photos and I will add them to the web site.  Thanks.  - Doug Beyerlein