Annual Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb
The most unique physical fitness challenge (or friendly fitness walk) in the USA! Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb 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. 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 Bisbee! Online registration only, at Bisbee1000.org. Presented by the 501c3, Bisbee Vogue, Inc. Do It For Your Heart!
Our Mission: To create, promote and support initiatives that enhance the economic vitality, health and wellness of citizens in Southern Arizona.
Location: Bisbee 1000 Start/Finish: 201 Tombstone Canyon Road, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: (520) 266-0401
-BISBEE 1000 OFFICIAL EVENT RULES-
- If you cannot attend, 100 percent of your fee becomes a tax deductible donation
- Event will be held rain or shine
- T-shirts will not be mailed
- No dogs/pets (Service dogs—and their people—must go to very back of start)
- No smoking/vaping
- No strollers
- No earbuds/headphones
- Do not block roads or driveways
- No participant substitutions or refunds
- Must pick up own Bib in person
- May not pick up anyone else’s Bib/Number
- Must have Race Bibs/Numbers to Participate
- Must Pin Bib on Front
- Bibs are not transferable
- Keep right on the stairways; pass on the left
- You (or a representative) must be present at Awards Ceremony to collect hand-painted one-of-a-kind award. (Awards will not be mailed)
2023 Dri-fit Tech Shirts Coming Soon!
New Fitness Court!
RECREATION = Re–Creation
Experience The Extra-Ordinary
The Board of Bisbee Vogue Inc. expresses our mission with the legacy gift– "fitness court" to the citizens of Bisbee, AZ.
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.
Arizona Governor's Awards
- Cynthia Conroy - President, Founder & Executive Committee
- Laura Hughes - VP, Secretary & Executive Committee
- David Russell - Treasurer & Executive Committee
- Deborah Young - Board Member
- Lisa Holland - Board Member
- Linda Moore - Board Member
- Ben Simons - Board Member
- Maille Johnson - Board Member
- Corey McNair - Board Member
- David Brown - Board Member
- Larry Saunders - Board Member
Tentative 2023 Schedule
32nd Annual Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st, 2023
|Saturday 7-8:45am||BIB NUMBER PICKUP Registrants must pick up their own packet in person. Be an early bird and arrive by 7am for easy parking and short lines. Breakfast available at St. Patrick's Parish Church Hall 100 Quality Hill Rd. Eat a burrito, view the art, and relax before the run!|
|7am-1pm||Shop the Bisbee 1000 Souvenir Store at Higgins Hill Park, the official finish line venue (see maps).|
|8-8:30am||Red Carpet Parade of costumes and a contest with prizes, MC'd by Magic Kenny BangBang. Meet at Contessa's Canopy beside the Bisbee 1000 start.|
|8:50am||CALL TO CORRALS Must be in numbered corrals by 8:55am.|
|9am||BISBEE 1000 EVENT START Staggered Wave Starts (1 min.). The event is chip timed. Results based on your personal net time, not on horn time! (i.e. when you cross the electronic sensor mat). Each wave released with gun 9am-9:20am.|
|7am-10:30am||ATTENTION! Spectators walk to Higgins Hill Park. STAY OFF COURSE. Route to Higgins Hill Park, southwest behind courthouse, follow signage and guides, do not cross fencing, stay off course, watch for runners.|
|11am- Noon||AWARDS CEREMONY at Higgins Hill Park venue. Overall and Age Group awards, Special Awards and prizes . Music to be provided by Lamont Arthur. Pickleball and Fitness Court will be open with instructors present. Please come and enjoy!|
|7am-1pm||FOOD! at St. Patricks Parish Hall next to registration area and porta-potties.|
If you find yourself exploring Europeanesque Bisbee throughout the year---maybe coming to climb some stairs!---try Bisbee Vogue, Inc.'s very well appointed non-profit lodging: Bisbee Ironman Suite. Call 520-266-0401 to cfheck availability. Come for Bisbee's many stairs; quiet morning meanderings; its history and architecture; Bisbee Outdoor Recreation Center; healthy opportunities; culinary offerings; eclectic shopping, and groove on its lively music and arts scene day and night. Check out these two websites: Amerind DiPeso House and Letson Loft Hotel.
- PO Box 1099 Bisbee, AZ 85603
- (520) 266-0401