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Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb

3rd weekend in October – Bisbee, Arizona

The Bisbee 1000 event encourages physical fitness regardless of age, level of fitness, ability and available tim, by encouraging all combinations 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 (4.2 miles).

Participants can compete aggressively for overall and age group prizes; enjoy a challenging fitness walk or family stroll, or any combination thereof. It is the Bisbee 1000's broad appeal that distinguishes it from other physical competitions, such as 10Ks and triathlons. Among its ranks are the fiercely competitive as well as those who set a more leisurely pace.

The demographics are interesting to observe. Entire families enjoy the event, with babies in infant carriers riding atop their parents' backs. One year, an 82-year old woman finished the stair climb while holding the hand of her 10-year old granddaughter. A retired school principal exclaimed she felt "high for days" after walking the Bisbee1000. The beauty of this event is that people of all ages and levels of physical conditioning can join in the fun. There are fun prizes awarded to: the oldest to compete, the youngest to compete, those coming the farthest distance to the event. Random walker awards are presented to random recipients while they are on the course.

And don’t overlook the Ironman Ice Competition! The Ironman Ice Competition event can never be called a just another race. It is an EVENT within the event! It was started in 1993 as a means to entertain spectators and participants while they awaited the awards ceremony. It's now in the category of EXTREME SPORT event!

The Ironman Ice Competition requires a climb of a set of 155 stairs while carrying a ten pound block of ice in a set of antique metal tongs. This event is NOT for the faint of heart or those with less than above average agility!

Plus, since 2012, you can also enjoy the Bisbee 1000 Invitational Craft Beer Festival! This outdoor festival is held each year on the same day as Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb, and is open to the public! Watch out Midwest, the Southwest region has experienced an explosion of smaller breweries in recent years and the Bisbee 1000 intends to spread the news! This festival features a cadre of more than a dozen craft breweries, and you can meet the best of the west micro brewers in person. Live music!

The Bisbee 1000 was listed by the Wall Street Journal (July 28, 2010) as one of the top five 5K’s recommended by running experts for their size, scenery, freebies and fun factor.

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Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Moundville Native American Festival

Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb
Navajo Nation Fair
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Bay to Breakers 12K
Coarsegold Tarantula Festival

Annual Craft Expo
Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Pensacola Beach Air Show
Tallahassee Springtime Festival
Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

Savannah Music Festival
Blessing of the Fleet

Honolulu Marathon

Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

Indianapolis 500
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana State Fair
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Des Moines Arts Festival

Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
Hillbilly Days
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Jerusalem Ridge Festival
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
St James Court Art Show
World Chicken Festival

Lake Charles Contraband Days

Ocean City Sunfest

The Boston Marathon

Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
` • Biltmore Festival of Flowers
North Carolina Azalea Festival
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
Carolina Cup

South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
Tabor Czech Days

Dogwood Arts Fetival
Mule Day
Secret City Festival

Terlingua International Chili Championship

The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival
National Lentil Festival

American Birkebeiner
EAA AirVenture
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Summerfest

Cody Stampede Rodeo
Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo