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Space Needle, in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, opens registration for first public stair climb in the landmark’s history

All donations raised from Base 2 Space will benefit Fred Hutch
Fred Hutch President and Director Dr.  Gary Gilliland
Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Gary Gilliland at the Base 2 Space press conference. Photo by Bo Jungmayer / Fred Hutch News Service

SEATTLE – May 7, 2015 – The Space Needle announced today that it will partner with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to host Base 2 Space: Seattle’s Most Iconic Climb. The first-ever public opportunity to climb the Space Needle’s stairs all the way to the Observation Deck will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

One hundred percent of all donations raised from the event will benefit Fred Hutch. Proceeds from the registration fees will go to the Space Needle Foundation.

“Fred Hutch exemplifies much of what we love about Seattle: our ability to use science, technology and innovation to keep our community engaged and involved in the world around us,” said Space Needle President and CEO Ron Sevart. “We hope Base 2 Space becomes an annual, city-wide celebration through which we continue teaming up with local organizations that are changing the world.”

At today’s launch event Fred Hutch President and Director Dr.  Gary Gilliland commented, “We’re honored to partner with the Space Needle for this fun and historic event. It’s a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to celebrate our city and to support innovative approaches to developing cures for cancer.”

Base 2 Space is open to the first 3,000 runners and walkers over the age of 14. Participants will climb 848 steps, starting at ground level and ending at the Observation Deck located 520’ above ground. The Space Needle’s dual spiral staircases wrap around the inner core of the structure and are open-air, providing access to a 360-degree view all the way to the top. When participants finish, they may take celebratory photos on the Observation Deck before heading back down on the elevator to join family and friends at the post-climb party on the Broad Street Green.

As an added incentive, the top 10 fundraisers and two additional participants chosen at random from all entrants will have the opportunity walk around the Space Needle’s outer ring, also known as its Halo, next April. Only a handful of people have walked the Halo since the Space Needle was built in 1962. Participants must be 18 or older to qualify for the Halo walk.

Registration opens online today at and interested parties with questions may email To sign up, each participant will pay a $100 registration fee and then raise a minimum of $250 in donations. All donations raised will go directly to benefit Fred Hutch. Proceeds of the registration fees will go to the Space Needle Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals, organizations and causes at the forefront of transforming the future and sustainability of our local communities through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Private contributions are essential for enabling Fred Hutch scientists to explore novel research opportunities that lead to important medical breakthroughs. For more information visit or follow Fred Hutch on FacebookTwitter or YouTube.

About the Space Needle

The Space Needle is the celebrated icon of Seattle, second only to the Eiffel Tower in Paris as the most easily-identified global skyline feature. Built for the 1962 Age of Space World’s Fair, it continues to symbolize the leading-edge innovation and technology that the city is known for and serves as a beacon into the future.

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