Travel Around the World – Without Leaving Carleton!

Have you ever dreamed of climbing the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building? What about challenging yourself to climb Mount Everest? Here’s your chance!

Healthy Workplace has designed a Passport that allows you to “visit” an assortment of popular (and tall) destinations, without ever having to leave campus! Your challenge is to climb the equivalent number of floors as these popular destinations by taking the stairs around campus. When you complete your climb for each building, you can visit the Healthy Workplace office to receive your stamp! Once you have collected all 8 stamps, you can submit your Passport for your chance to win a prize!

This challenge runs throughout the months of July and August – the perfect time for world traveling!

To register for this challenge please complete the form at the bottom of this page and we will send you your passport!

For example:

The Eiffel Tower
Paris, France
81 Floors

Once you complete 81 floors (equals to climbing the Dunton Tower stairs approximately 3.5 times), you can email and come by to receive your completion stamp. You then move on to the next tower or building in your Passport. Once completed, you will have walked up 2852 floors – that’s more than Mount Everest! Even if you are unable to complete your Passport, you will still be eligible to win the grand prize by submitting your card. At the end of August, please submit your counter card to 1310 Dunton Tower to be entered into the prize draw!

** Congratulations to the grand prize winner Jason Jaskolka who won $50 on his campus card! 

Why Take the Stairs?


Previous winner Ainsley from Mail Services climbed 2852 floors and COMPLETED her passport!

  • Using the stairs burns twice as many calories as walking
  • Regular stair users have greater leg strength and aerobic capacity than non-climbers
  • Taking the stairs is often faster than waiting for the elevator
  • Two flights of stairs climbed per day can lead to a 2.7 kg (5.9 lbs) weight loss over one year
  • Six flights a day can lead to an 8.2 kg (18 lbs) weight loss over one year
  • Stair climbing can increase bone density and help prevent osteoporosis
  • Increase your life expectancy: A Swiss study recently concluded that regular stair climbing leads to a 15% decrease in the risk of dying prematurely.
  • Stair climbing is a helpful weight loss or management activity, and can also reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • In one minute, a 150 pound person burns approximately 10 calories walking up stairs, and only 1.5 calories riding an elevator
  • Walking up the stairs burns almost 5 times more calories than riding an elevator


“This year, my participation with the ‘Take the Stairs’ Challenge jumpstarted my return to dedicating time to a new exercise plan. With almost two months of stair climbing completed, it was much easier for me than I had imagined to add strength training with weights and running to my weekly routine. The benefits of this challenge will continue to support my next goal – the ‘100 Club’ challenge.

– Cathleen

Tips to incorporate stair climbing into your daily routine:

  • Challenge your colleagues to take part in the Take the Stairs contest
  • Start slowly: climb two flights per day at the beginning of the month and gradually increase the number of flights throughout the summer months
  • If your office is located on a high floor in Dunton Tower, take the elevator two or three flights below your designated floor and walk the rest of the way up

Stair climbing health and safety tips

  • Take your time and watch your step: there are no prizes awarded for the speediest stair climber, so be safe and take your time to get to your destination
  • Breathe: stair climbing uses large lower body muscle groups and provides a great cardiovascular challenge. Steady breathing throughout your climb will provide oxygen to your muscles and help fuel them to move on.


  • The following questions are OPTIONAL. If you feel uncomfortable answering, please just skip them. We would still love to have you participate!

  • Thank you for registering for this challenge!