Register today for the 25th Annual Silver Anniversary Bisbee 1000!

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The most unique physical fitness challenge (or friendly fitness walk) in the USA!

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

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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. 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 event itself is enjoyed by the most diverse group of “racers” that ever crossed a start & finish line: From ages 5 to 87 (our oldest competitor to date), some are serious competitors out for a win, some are going for a PR, some do
it just to finish, some are there to do a brisk jaunt, and still others simply want to stroll, enjoy the spectacular views and the equally spectacular people watching. Many dress in costumes, some firefighters compete in full firefighting regalia (despite temperatures
that often hit 80+ degrees F). Although The Bisbee 1000 is its own cause celebre, 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.



Arizona Governor's Awards

governor's award 2012 Award

Board Members

Cynthia Conroy - President & Founder
Vince Romero - Vice President & Treasurer
Laura Hughes - Secretary
Thomas Enriquez - Property Manager
Shar Porier - Public Relations



Bisbee Vogue, Inc.
PO Box 1099
Bisbee, AZ 85603

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