I received this press release recently and thought I'd share it. Pretty interesting stuff. This format is becoming more and more popular here in the snowy Midwest, though I've not yet seen a stairclimb race that also has a staircycle division. Very cool.
NOVEMBER 14, 2010 Nation’s premier urban climb breaks the mold offering the highest indoor stair climb up the iconic Willis Tower, plus option to hand cycle the equivalent distance and elevation
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation’s #1 ranked rehabilitation hospital, is pleased to announce the Second Annual SkyRise Chicago 2010 is open for registration. SkyRise Chicago is a one of a kind urban climb event providing two modes of participation – either climb up Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, or hand-cycle the equivalent distance and elevation. The event will take place on Sunday, November 14 from 7 a.m. until noon at Willis Tower. All proceeds from the event will benefit world-class rehabilitation care and cutting-edge research of RIC.
Each participant, with the exception of elite climbers and hand-cyclists, will have the option to climb as an individual or as part of a team. Stair climbers will ascend 103 floors of Willis Tower, or 2,109 steps, to reach a breathtaking finish line experience from the iconic Skydeck Chicago, offering panoramic views of the city and featuring the glass-floored balconies of The Ledge, 1,353 feet outside the building. Hand-cyclists will use stationary hand-cycles’ mathematically calibrated to match the resistance and distance necessary to ascend Willis Tower’s 103 floors and share the spectacular finish line featuring views of up to four states.
The registration fee for SkyRise Chicago is $50, plus a $100 individual fundraising minimum. There are a number of incentive prizes for top fundraisers, including a Cybex exercise machine, hotel packages and gift certificates to some of Chicago’s hottest events and restaurants. Last year’s nearly 1,800 participants from 31 states and five countries raised $650,000 in support of RIC.
With an even bigger turnout expected for this year, space is limited in both the stair climb and hand-cycle events. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can register at http://www.skyrisechicago.org/ . All participants must be pre-registered by October 20, 2010. Those who are unable to participate, but would like to show their support for SkyRise Chicago and RIC can make a donation at http://www.skyrisechicago.org/ .
Everyone can soar to great heights! Register for this unique event and support RIC’s excellent patient care and innovative research that has allowed thousands of adults and children their greatest hope for the future.
Copy of a YouTube video of a past event
About Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)
Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, offering more than 4.5 million square feet of office and retail space. Located in Chicago's West Loop at 233 S. Wacker Drive, the skyscraper is easily accessible from the commuter rail stations, highways and all forms of public transportation. Standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and an integral part of Chicago’s culture. Originally opened in September 1973, it is home to more than 100 different companies, including prominent financial services firms, law firms and insurance companies. Willis Tower boasts spectacular vistas of Chicago, with views that can reach nearly 50 miles on a clear day. Willis Tower also boasts a tremendous infrastructure system, which includes enormous telecommunications capacity and unsurpassed electrical capacity and reliability. The Skydeck at Willis Tower on the 103rd floor attracts more than 1.3 million visitors per year.