Climb the lower bowl at Gillette Stadium to support our veterans. All net proceeds raised will go toward building specially adapted homes for our severely injured post 9/11 veterans.
Participants can run or walk the lower bowl of Gillette Stadium, 36 sections with 72 stairs per section, while supporting our veterans.
Stairs4RTroops (S4RT) is a 501c3 that runs stair climbing events in stadiums in order to support veteran causes. S4RT's 9th event is October 1st at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. From the previous 8 events, S4RT has been able to donate over $350,000 to Homes For Our Troops.
Homes For Our Troops, based in Taunton, MA, has built 362 homes in 45 states for severely injured veterans from post 9/11 wars and conflicts. www.hfotusa.org
When it came time to decide between going to college or joining the military, the choice was clear for Craig Brady. He joined the Marines as a combat engineer and quickly fell in love with the lifestyle, including traveling the world, and the camaraderie.
On January 7, 2010, during his third combat deployment, Sgt Brady was conducting a battle damage assessment with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, when he was injured during an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Nowzad, Afghanistan. He lost his right leg below the knee, back injuries, and left forearm damage in the blast. Once back in the United States, Craig underwent surgeries at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He credits his progress in recovery to his wife, Catie.
Now medically retired, Craig enjoys spending time with Catie and their two sons, Bruce and Luke. Although Craig is involved in many activities, including playing and coaching sled hockey, he still faces challenges with daily tasks within his current living environment. The stairs throughout the home make it difficult to access his sons’ rooms while he is using a wheelchair.
Receiving a specially adapted custom home, Craig will gain a new lease on life having a safe place to rest and recover. Catherine will no longer have to worry about her husband slipping in the shower. Craig looks forward to an overall happy quality of life and the financial freedom the home will bring his family.
Originally from Massachusetts, Craig is choosing to remain in the state to be close to family. Checkout Sgt. Brady's story at
Registration is $35 for anyone 18 and over and $10 for anyone younger than 18. Last year we had over 100 teams participate. Register and or donate at https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/MA/Foxboro/Stairs4RTroopsGillette See FAQs below for more information.
Part of the success of last six events has been driven by corporate sponsors. There are sponsorship opportunities available at every level. Please contact email@example.com.
Once again S4RT2023 will have a Firefighter wave where firefighters climb the stairs in full gear. In addition, this year S4RT is introducing a wheelchair wave where participants will go around the concourse of the stadium.
Event: Stairs4RTroops 2023 – Gillette Stadium
Location: Gillette Stadium
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Waves: Every 15 or 30 mins starting at 10:00 am
Race Day: Registration and sign-in opens at 8 am
Adult (18 and over): $35
Child (17 and younger) $10
Cause: All net proceeds will be donated to Homes For Our Troops www.hftousa.org. HFOT builds homes for severely injured veterans from post 9/11 wars and conflicts. They have built 362 homes in 45 states to date with another 1000 to go.
How many stairs do we climb and how long is the race?
Course: CLIMB: Climbing the stairs in the Lower Bowl only. Starting at section 105/106 participants will climb approximately 36 sections.
Most sections have (2) sets of 72 stairs — so 144 stairs per section, however there are a few sections that do not have full sets of stairs.
Approximately 5,184 steps in the lower bowl
How do I setup a Team?
You will be asked when you register if you would like to setup at team. Your team will then be available in a dropdown box for your teammates to select and join.
What wave should I join?
All waves are open to everyone. Firefighters will be starting at the 11 am wave but that wave is still open to the public as well.
Do I need to raise funds?
No. There is no requirement to raise funds. Participants have the option to raise funds and have the option to create a fundraiser when they register. Also, a team can create fundraisers.
Do you allow spectators?
Yes. Spectators are allowed but they must also pay a registration fee.
Do you need volunteers?
Yes. We can always use volunteers. Please register as a volunteer through the registration platform.
Do you give out t-shirts for the event?
Yes. Small through 2XL
Are you looking for sponsors for the event?
Yes. Corporate sponsors are a big component of our fundraising. Please email matt@stairs4RTroops.com with any inquiries.
Will there be food at the event?
The concession stands will be open inside the stadium. Outside the stadium at registration we hope to offer free coffee and other goods depending on donations from our partners.
Please email us with any other questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtesy of Jack Ames