Would You Rappel Off of a Pittsburgh Skyscraper for Charity?

Don’t worry –– it’s the one time you won’t risk arrest.

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If the spine-chilling rappelling scenes from Mission: Impossible make you want to join in the action with Tom Cruise rather than watch him on the big screen while holding onto your seat for dear life, head on over and get your adrenaline rush at Over the Edge Pittsburgh.

The annual event, set for Friday,  Sept. 9, allows Pittsburghers to traverse down the 26-story Oliver Building without the threat of getting arrested. There is added incentive this year: the Oliver Building is five stories higher than EQT Plaza, site of last year’s event. Waiting many feet below will be a crowd of cheering fans, food trucks, radio broadcasters, and live entertainment.

For those of you who prefer to keep your feet planted on solid ground, you can gaze at the thrillseekers above from the much milder “Chicken Coop.”  Another option is to band together with co-workers to raise a $2,500 donation so you can “Toss the Boss.” If your boss refuses to rappel, someone else in your office can take the plunge instead.


All fundraising and event proceeds go to Our Clubhouse, a non-profit organization that provides no-cost social and emotional support to locals who are affected by cancer. Last year’s event raised a whopping $132,000, but this year’s goal is to reach new heights for Our Clubhouse. After all, the sky’s the limit.

Be sure to stop by the Oliver Building this Friday between 9 and noon to rappel (or watch others rappel) for a worthy cause.  Visit the Over the Edge event website for more information.

Still not sure? Take a look at the video below from last year’s plunge.

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