You’re invited to climb -- yes, CLIMB -- Dayton’s tallest building

The Kettering Tower (left) became the tallest building in the Dayton skyline when it was built 45 years ago at 405 feet tall and remains the tallest today. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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The Kettering Tower (left) became the tallest building in the Dayton skyline when it was built 45 years ago at 405 feet tall and remains the tallest today. LISA POWELL / STAFF

How does climbing 600 steps up Kettering Tower sound to you?

If you are into that sort of thing, the Norris Cole Foundation has an event for you.

Registration is open for the Cole Climb, which is set to begin Saturday, March 11 with a fun walk at 9:45 a.m. at the building located at 40 N. Main St.

It is a first-time event from the foundation named for Dayton native Norris Cole, now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team.

"I participated in the Tackle the Tower in Cleveland last February," said event coordinator Katy Crosby. "(I) did some research and we didn't have one here, so we thought it would be different and (it) fell in line with Norris's values around fitness, health and wellness, and family. Being able to have events that the entire family can participate in is important to him."

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With 30 floors, Kettering Tower is the tallest building in Dayton.

Race day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $40.

The event also includes a timed race, kid’s climb, team competition and a police and fire challenge.

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There will be awards for top overall females, overall male, overall firefighter, and for the top three teams in each division. For more information, call (937) 265-8681.

The Norris Cole Foundation aims to encourage "academic achievement, health and well-being, community service and leadership and development."