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Firefighters across Gallatin County hold race at home after Seattle Stairclimb canceled

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 17:26:20-04

Thousands of firefighters stayed home this year after the annual Seattle Stair Climb event was postponed due to coronavirus concerns .

But that didn't stop a crew of Gallatin County firefighters from taking part.

The Seattle Stair Climb brings in firefighters from around the world every year for a race to climb up the stairs of the Columbia Tower in full firefighting gear.

It’s all to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Firefighters from across the Gallatin Valley decided to run a race locally.

Members of the Hyalite and Central Valley Fire District met at the base of the "M" trailhead in Bozeman to show their support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

So we're doing kind of a fix-shift stair climb since the one in Seattle got canceled. Everyone in Montana is kinda doing the same thing too. We're basically trying to give a little bit back to the fundraisers who gave us money to climb some stairs. But we're making do," said Alexander Richard with the Hyalite Fire Department.

And there's still a chance the Seattle Stair Climb gets rescheduled this year.

Visit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website for information on how to donate.