Thursday, February 21, 2008

Stair Climbers Hustle For Health

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s a tough climb to the top of a 94-story building.

The 11th Annual Hustle Up The Hancock stair climb is heading to Chicago on Sunday (Feb. 24), and 4,000 participants will be climbing up 94 floors of the 1,000-foot-high John Hancock Building.

The event helps raise money for Chicago’s Respiratory Health Association, and hundreds of people suffering from lung disease participate to hustle for their cause.

And according to event spokesman Kevin Tynan, making it to the top takes serious stair training.

He says, “You’ve got to start training three months before, but only by running up and down buildings. You need to use the handrails to help pull you up, so it’s good to practice in buildings that have them.”

And while everyone’s climbing for a cause, some truly take it to a higher level.

Tynan explains, “The elite climbers can reach the top in less than 10 minutes, taking two steps at a time. One guy even climbed the building, took the elevator down, and climbed it again!”

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