The Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation is asking local residents to climb 2,700 stairs to bring the community one step closer to providing the only comprehensive children’s hospital in the region.

Its second Climb for Courage will occur June 25 at Falcon Stadium to raise money to open a new hospital at the Memorial North campus in 2018.

The 170,000 square-foot facility will be located at the intersection of N. Union Blvd. and Briargate Parkway and is expected to break ground by the end of the summer, according to Sonya Norris, the foundation’s events and corporate programs director in Colorado Springs.

“Building a hospital that specializes in the unique and delicate needs of children allows the region access to one of the top 5 children’s hospitals in the country,” Norris said. “The Climb for Courage is our only public-facing event to date and we hope that with each step taken and dollar raised, participants bring the hospital into focus.”

The city’s only stair climb race will last approximately three hours and offer food and festivities for families following the timed segment. Individuals can register online through June 22, in person at The Colorado Running Company on June 24, or on the day of the event before 9 a.m.

Last year the foundation drew 350 participants and raised $150,000. Norris said the foundation hopes to double its numbers this year.

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“The Climb for Courage brings this community one step closer to providing southern Colorado kids with world-class health care, close to home, by raising money for Children’s Hospital Colorado to expand its network of care across the region,” Norris said. “Every participant plays a role in changing the lives of children and their families.”

Jena Hausmann, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado, told the Business Journal last September the expansion is expected to cost about $110 million, bring 50 pediatricians or advanced practice providers, and increase the number of Children’s Hospital employees in the region by 150.

“Opening a hospital that will provide easy, convenient, high-quality care for this community will be a proud moment for us,” she said.

To sign up for the race, visit http://www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/events/climb-for-courage/; contact Sonya Norris at 719-266-3021 for more information.

A pep rally for the climb will take place June 15 at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall.