Wednesday, January 6, 2010

April, 2010: Climb the CN Tower!!

Look at that skyline. It's beautiful, eh? See that tower? I am going to climb it on April 17, 2010!!
When I say, "CLIMB the tower", I have no intentions of scaling the sides of this incredible structure, I'm no Spider Man. The CN Tower has 1776 steps and there are a couple of charitable events each year where you're able to climb the tower for a good cause.

For those of you who don't know, this is the CN Tower located in downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada. It is a communications and observation tower standing 553.3 metres (1,815 ft) tall. It held the record for the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world for about 31 years. On September 12, 2007 the CN Tower was surpassed in height by another incredible structure somewhere in Dubai. The CN Tower remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Americas. It is recognized as the signature icon of Toronto's skyline, and a symbol of Canada, and it attracts more than two million international visitors annually. For more info on the CN Tower, check out this website (

One of my friends and fellow blogger, Kimberley from ( suggested that I climb the tower as one of my goals in 2010!! I'm not sure if she was serious but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it, since she mentionned it!

Anyway, I did some research and I am going to take part in the "20th Annual Canada Life CN Tower Climb for WWF (World Wildlife Fund)" which raises money to fight climate change (save the animals). I visited their website and registered!!! I AM GOING TO CLIMB ALL 1776 STEPS OF THE CN TOWER ON APRIL 17th, 2010!!!!!

I plan on dragging my friends along with me. One lives in Toronto and has no excuse!! You're doing it!!!! Maybe I can also get my other friend to come too (she's pregnant right now, but will have had her baby come April - and she lives close to Toronto so she'll have no excuses either - I might let her off because her baby would just be a little more than a month old!!!) As for Kimberley, the one who got me thinking about this in the first place - are you up for it??? :)

For those interested, there's a $75.00 registration fee (or minimum donation amount) and you can also raise money through donations. I will donate $100 and I'm also going to try to raise a minimum of $250 for the cause through a web page I set up on their site. It's secure!!

If you would like to sponsor me for this event, please click here. Type in my full name ( Joania Burnett) or the first letters of my first and last name, select my name from the list, and follow the instructions. You can pledge as little or as much as you'd like. THANK YOU!! :)

I am so excited!!! 2010 is going to be AWESOME!!! More details to follow...

Joania (Doing It in 2010!!!!)


Kyle Gershman said...

Awesome goal! Very rewarding.

Natalia said...

Wonderful! What a great goal! Do you know how long it would take to climb to the top? My grandparents live in Toronto, so maybe the next time I visit, I can do that too!

LAF said...

That is a great cause. I know you will do it!

Lacia said...

Good for you!! I did that climb years ago...I think I was in my early 20's, or maybe late teens. It was tough, but really cool to accomplish! Hmmmm...maybe I'll tackle it this year too, I forgot it even existed.

Joania said...

I don't think the reality of this adventure has hit me as yet!!! I am still so very excited! Thank you all for the encouragement.

@Natalia - I've been reviewing some of the climb times from prior years' events and it ranges from 10minustes (super athletes) to 1 hour and 48minutes. I am going to aim to do it in an hour (I think)...I'll be better able to judge once I start training in a couple of weeks.

@ Kyle and LAF - thanks :)

@ Lacia - you should do it!! Think about it!! :)

skinny me! said...


Perhaps some of us Toronto bloggers could join you and then we could have a nice meet-up dinner afterwards?? Would be lovely to meet you!


Anonymous said...

I was dead serious. Glad to see you are taking me up on it!!! I know you can do this and I will be so proud of you when you do. I can't wait to see that pic of you at the top.

I am not ready this year, but maybe 2011 will be my tower climb.

Go Joania!!!

Joania said...

@ Kerry!! That would be awesome...would love to meet you as well...LET's DO IT!! :)

@ Kimberley - I will do it again in 2011 with you if you decide to do it!! :)

cmoursler said...

congratulations joania,
I know you will do fantastic. Especially with all the conditioning you've endured over the last year.
Can't wait to see how it goes.

South Beach Steve said...

This is a great goal and a great cause Joania! You go girl!

matthew said...

Hey Joe

Count me in & as many AMD Adventure boot campers I can round up --- sounds like fun!

Anonymous said...

Hey, go for it, we'll be here cheering!!!
(I like the new colours on your's fresh)

JewliaGoulia said...

You are amazing.

I am looking everywhere for a charity/exercise event in my area!

You can do it!


Anonymous said...

What an awesome goal!! I have been fortunate enough to have a trainer as well. It's amazing what our bodies are capable of doing. Just a little belief in yourself goes a long way. Good luck to you.

MOtastic said...

How exciting! I have friends in Toronto! I will tell them about this!

Corletta said...

What a neat goal. I have never even heard of this. Man...that is fabulous...I will continue to follow your blog to see how it all goes! You can do it! By the way...thanks for following my blog!

Shannon said...

I can't wait to walk up with you - I just hope I can keep up - Your goal...yikes better increase my workout to keep up with you! xox Can't wait to hug you at the top of the tower!!

PHATGirl83 said...

Joania, I just started a blog too..and i looked at your profile, i must say you are go up that tower, wow...and you lost so much weight thats great. keep the good work.. :) see you around.