Grab The Glory


Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb is the only outdoor stair climb in the U.S. and arguably one of the most unique and challenging events in the world. The 4.5-mile course features nine staircases connected by winding roads that take participants through some of the most scenic parts of Old Bisbee. Learn more ABOUT THE BISBEE 1000.



One Block of Ice... 155 Stairs

Feel That Burn An Extreme Competition unlike any other

The Ironman Ice Competition is an event within the event! This historic re-enactment of Ice Man deliveries in days of yore was started in 1993 to entertain spectators and participants while they waited for the awards ceremony. Over the years it has taken on a life of its own and is has now gained the reputation of being an EXTREME SPORTING EVENT unlike any other. Competitors grab a 10# block of ice in a pair of antique tongs, sprint up 155 stairs, dash across a trail that takes them back to the paved road, zoom down a steep winding hill to an exhilarating finish. Go for it! All challengers welcome at 11AM. Fire & Ice Challenge for Public Safety in full turn out gear at around 12:30pm.




ENGAGE THE SUDS a supreme taste test like no other

Bisbee's Premiere Craft Beer Festival

The Bisbee 1000 Craft Beer Festival along with the Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb is the area's much-anticipated opportunity to experience a full weekend devoted to fitness and fun. This grand celebration will bring droves of the Best in the West Craft Brewers to Bisbee. Take this opportunity to sample their fine handcrafted beers, meet the Mule that Built Bisbee, and enjoy live music, good food, giveaways and more. Come in search of the holy grail of beer, come to meet new people, come to rehydrate, recover from the race, or come just to have a beer with friends and contemplate why so many crazy people think it’s fun to climb 1000+ stairs year after year. VIP Admission 1:30PM, General Admission 2-6PM.




About The Bisbee 1000

The most unique physical fitness challenge (or friendly fitness walk) in the USA! Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb is the only outdoor stair climb in the U.S. and is arguably one of the most unusual and challenging events in the world. The 4.5-mile course features nine staircases (over 1000 total steps) connected by winding roads, with a total course elevation gain/loss of ~1175 ft. While enjoying the challenge, runners and walkers alike see some of the most scenic parts of Old Bisbee. Take a delightful journey up the stairs and down the roadways in Europeanesque Old Bisbee!


History of the Bisbee 1000

Unique to Bisbee is a system of old and deteriorating stairways that course through its picturesque hills, affording views of the town's quaint houses and colorful gardens. The stairways originally followed the mule paths worn into the terrain during the heyday of Bisbee's copper mining past. To put men back to work during the Great Depression, the Work Projects Administration (WPA) had overseen building of the stairs over those same pathways.

The first Bisbee 1000 was held in October 1990 and by virtue of word of mouth alone, it drew 200 people. Each year the event grew at a rate that took everyone by surprise, and was eventually limited to 1,500 participants. In 2012, the Bisbee was officially designated as an Arizona Centennial Event, joining the other featured listings in the Arizona Highways Centennial Edition. In that same year, the Bisbee 1000 received the prestigious Governor’s Tourism Award for Special Events in a Rural Area.

As challenging as the course is, the Bisbee 1000 attracts a most diverse group of participants, from children age 7 up to adults in their 80s, and people of many fitness and ability levels. Some are serious competitors out for a win, some for a brisk jaunt, and still others simply want to stroll and enjoy the spectacular views. Many dress in outrageous or silly costumes; we even have some firefighters compete in full firefighting turnout gear (despite temperatures that often hit 80+ degrees F). Although the Bisbee 1000 is its own cause célèbre, it has also been the setting for family reunions, school reunions, company team competitions, birthdays, and—on at least one occasion that we know of—a wedding proposal.

If the Europeanesque charm of Bisbee is not enough to draw you to the event, then add the dedicated efforts of the City staff, police, fire departments, musicians, and citizens cheering you on your way up and down and all around our mile high city. The Bisbee 1000 is not just any race; think of it as a garden tour, a home tour, a musical extravaganza, a costume ball, one heck of a party, and a celebration of the community spirit. We hope you will join us.


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Arizona Governor's Awards

Board Members

  • Cynthia Conroy - President & Founder
  • Vince Romero - Vice President & Treasurer
  • Laura Hughes - Secretary
  • Thomas Enriquez - Property Manager
  • Shar Porier - Communications Director
  • Snoody Boroweic - Board Member
  • Ken Budge - Board Member/Cochise Community Recreation Committee chair
  • Suzanne Page - Board Member/Cochise Community Recreation Committee chair




27th Annual Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb




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  • PO Box 1099 Bisbee, AZ 85603
  • (520) 266-0401