Football Marauders tackle Chedoke stairs

For the fifth consecutive year, members of the McMaster Marauders football team participated in the annual Climb for Cancer event in support of the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

The event was held on May 12 at Chedoke Golf Course in Hamilton. Participants scale the 289 steps of the pedestrian mountain access at Chedoke for 60 minutes.

The Marauder football delegation, calling themselves Team MacMen, was a combination of alumni and current players and was organized by former running back Jordan Kozina. After climbing the steps for the required one hour, Team MacMen raised $ 1,125 for the cause.

Among the Marauders making the climb this year was Bryce Hudson, the first member of the offensive line to participate in the event.

“It’s an honour to be the first and this is such a worthy cause that next year I plan on bringing the entire offensive line,” Hudson said after completing his climb. Hudson then quipped, “Besides, I don’t want to have to do this alone again.”

In the past five years, the Climb for Cancer has raised more than $180,000 in support of cancer research and treatment. Taking into account the number of steps in the climb, it is estimated that participants have climbed the equivalent height of Mt. Everest over 100 times. Team MacMen is already looking forward to increasing its numbers for the 2013 event.