Several dozen people are expected to be lowered from the top of the nine-story Sellwood Building down to Superior Street next month where the food stands and entertainment of the annual Sidewalk Days await. The event raises money for the Duluth Area Family YMCA.

“Participants can expect a thrilling experience,” said Katie McBride, marketing director for the Duluth Area Family YMCA. “It’s going to be something that’s probably unlike anything they’ve ever done before.”

Rope-trained professionals from Over the Edge, a company that uses these events to help fundraisers, will ensure participants are safe.

To be eligible, participants need to raise $1,000 and pay a $50 registration fee. Participants are required to be at least 14 years old and weigh between 100 and 300 pounds.

Organizers hope to have 25 rapellers and raise $20,000, McBride said.

“The money is going to go towards youth programing, things like getting new programs for our youth, getting youth to be able to have memberships or camp scholarships, and for Mentor Duluth to be in the schools. So it’s really going towards the youth here in the community,” she said.

Duluth media and prominent community figures will rappel down on the first day of the event on July 8. The VIP participants are also being encouraged to raise $1,000, according to McBride. All other participants are slated to rappel the next day.

Although Over the Edge has been a part of Sidewalk Days for several years, this is the first year the Duluth YMCA will receive the money. In the past, Over the Edge raised money for Greater Downtown Council, which puts on Sidewalk Days. McBride said organizers hope the switch will attract more participants.


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If you go

What: Over the Edge

Where: Sellwood Building, West Superior Street

When: 2 p.m. July 8 and 8 a.m. July 9

How: Pay $50 registration fee and raise $1,000. Sign up at