On Sunday, November 3, Chicagoans participated in a different kind of climbing. They climbed the stairs of Willis Tower instead of rock walls. SkyRise Chicago 2013 marked the second annual climbing event. Hosted by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), profits went toward funding RIC's practices and research.
RIC offers physical medicine and rehabilitation care. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, RIC workers lead the way in research in their field.
SkyRise Chicago offered different ways to participate in the event. Participants could sprint or jog to the top, covering 2,109 steps. Participants also had the option of using a hand cycle to arm-power their way to the top of the 103 floors. Registration for the event was completely full.
Finishers received T-shirts, medals and an after-event at the top of Willis Tower. SkyDeck Chicago and the Ledge's glass floored balconies let viewers and finishers see 1,353 feet down into downtown Chicago.