Storm the Stairs 2024

Wear your best sneakers and storm the stairs to support local United Way BC programs that help people in need throughout the Trail, Castlegar, and West Kootenay Boundary area.

Are you up for the challenge?

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024 

Registration: March 25 – May 3, 2024

Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm 

Location: Piazza Colombo, Rossland Ave., Trail  

More information

United Way BC’s Storm the Stairs is an annual event in Trail that brings the community together to get active and have fun while raising funds in support of those in need in our region. It is open to people of all different fitness levels and ages.

Participants can choose one of three routes (2.4km, 4km or 7.5km) to challenge themselves by running or walking through the Westside of Trail, enjoying spectacular views of Trail and the Columbia River.


Raise a minimum of $50 to register and get a chance to win special prizes! You can join us on your own or as part of a team – invite your friends, co-workers, and family.

How Organizations Can Help

If you’re a local organization and you would like to go above and beyond in support of this year’s event, here’s how you can help:

*To learn more about prize donations and sponsorship, please contact Sonya Krajsek at

Bring Hope to Children & Youth

The past few years have been full of challenges, but some of us have been hit harder than others. Rapidly rising costs are putting pressure on grocery bills and forcing many in our communities to make difficult decisions. These financial pressures are also challenging our neighbour’s social connections and ability to access support, which can lead to social isolation, impacting their health and well-being.

United Way BC works to ensure that our neighbours have the support they need not only to survive, but to thrive. Together, we can help provide our community with culturally appropriate, nutritious meals, lift isolated seniors from loneliness, and give local kids access to the mental wellness and developmental support they need.

Happy Children, Healthy and Stronger Communities

The School’s Out Program at Sanctuary Pre-Teens Centre helps to aid in the healthy development of children in Trail – BC. United Way BCSchool’s Out programs are designed to support vulnerable school-aged children and provide them with safe spaces during critical hours between 3 – 6 pm, fostering children’s mental, physical, emotional, and social development.

“Before coming here, I was always glued to my phone. Without United Way BC School’s Out program, my days would be filled with a lot of technology and much fewer friends. Here I can be more social, eat a healthy meal every night, and also help my family. After all, it’s a free program,” says Katie*, a School’s Out participant.

“The program runs five days a week from 2:30 to 7:30 pm. We have 50 children registered with us, but daily we average around 15- 20 children coming in,” explains Cassidy Smith, School’s Out program coordinator at Sanctuary. “We’ve been open for 25 years, and we hope to keep it open with the School’s Out Program for at least another 25!”

Your support of this year’s Storm the Stairs event will fund local United Way BC initiatives, like School’s Out, that help kids, vulnerable seniors, and families from Trail, Castlegar, and West Kootenay Boundary, get the help they need – building stronger, healthier communities.

See you on May 4! 


We are grateful to the following organizations for their generous support of this year’s Storm the Stairs event. Thank you for helping our community! 

Runner Sponsors

Jogger Sponsors

Media Sponsor