KTLA Team Climbs Nearly 1,700 Stairs for Charity

A team of KTLA employees, including anchor Lu Parker, laced up their sneakers for a good cause.

Lu, news director Jason Ball, reporter Doug Kolk and producer Madelaine Hahn joined thousands of other runners and weekend warriors Friday at the 20th Annual Stair Climb for Los Angeles, benefiting the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA.

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KTLA employees (L to R) Madelaine Hahn, Doug Kolk, Jason Ball, Lu Parker with photographer Phil Ige (Credit: Lu Parker)

Participants were expected to dash upĀ  1,679 stairs to the top of the 75 story U.S. Bank Tower.

Some Los Angeles firefighters even conquered the tower with their gear in tow.

The U.S. Bank Tower is the tallest building on the West Coast, organizers said.

The event raised $497,211, according to the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA.

The money raised will go towards programs for children, teens, families and seniors.

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