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It’s not exactly Everest but everyone who has been to Mount Smart Stadium can attest to the challenging flights of steps that surround the venue. 

And it was those concrete monoliths that were the backdrop for the inaugural FABruary Stadium Stair Challenge which pitted the Vodafone Warriors against the Gold Coast Titans earlier this month. 

The challenge was the brainchild of former Vodafone Warriors and Titans centre Clinton Toopi and Vodafone Warriors managing director Jim Doyle. Toopi launched FABruary (Fight Against Bulge) in 2015 to raise awareness obesity and health-related risks such as type two diabetes and heart disease which are so prevalent both in New Zealand and Australia.

The FABruary Stadium Stair Challenge, in conjunction with Diabetes NZ, was launched at Mount Smart Stadium with a big gathering of Vodafone Warriors sponsors, members and staff scaling steps from 6.00am-8.00am. And from 6.00-8.00 their time, the Titans rose to the challenge at Cbus Super Stadium.

A little spice was added to proceedings with a trophy on the line for the club that did the most stairs in the two-hour timeframe.

When it was all over the Vodafone Warriors became the first winners amassing 200,000 more steps than the Titans.

FABruary runs throughout February. The campaign aims to empower, inspire, motivate and educate communities to take action in making better food choices, healthier beverage choices and taking part in a minimum of three days’ activity per week during the month.

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