Monday, July 14, 2014

Storm the Stadium – Chicago’s Longest & Only Open-Air Stair Climb – Set to Scale U.S. Cellular Field, Sep. 6

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Chicago’s only open-air and easily most challenging stair climb, Storm the Stadium is set to scale U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, Sep. 6.  Boasting almost triple the number of stairs of the Willis Tower, Storm the Stadium is one of the country’s longest consecutive stair climbs, challenging participants to walk, run or crawl up and down a total of 6,000 stairs.

Adding to the team-building camaraderie of the extreme event (and reinforcing its butt-kicking bravado), climbers will be divided into three teams, each captained by “Survivors” from CBS-TV’s hit reality series. Challengers can select the celebrity Survivors’ team on which they want to compete, and corresponding climb start time of 8:30, 9:30 or 10:30 a.m., when registering on-line. Participants will be sent off in waves of 350 every 10 seconds during their designated time block, and the team with the lowest average climb time (adjusted with penalty points for any team members who don’t scale all 6,000 stairs) will be declared the winner.

For those not up for the full 6,000-stair challenge, a half-climb of 1,500 stairs up and 1,500 stairs down will be offered at 11:30 a.m. There’s also a growing elite bracket for those proficient climbers with previous competitive stair climb experience, which will open the event at 8 a.m.
Storm the Stadium debuted in fall of 2012 with its inaugural event at Soldier Field. That event saw close to 1,000 climbers pushing their endurance to its limits, as blaring music spurred them on, Rocky-style. Organizers anticipate double the participants this September, as the event has attracted the attention of local challenge-seekers and national stair climbing devotees alike. 2014 beneficiaries of Storm the Stadium’s Charity Partner Program are Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and Special Olympics.

For additional information or to register to participate in this year’s Storm the Stadium challenge, visit The entry fee is $55 until Aug. 9; $65, Aug. 10 to Sep. 1, and $75 the week leading up to the event.

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