Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Running Up Skyscrapers
Chicago, March 27, 2010 - CTBUH's communication manager Jan Klerks and CTBUH volunteer John Lindbloom participated in the annual Fight-For-Air Climb, involving all four skyscrapers of the Presidential Towers complex in Chicago. With a combined 180 floors and 2,340 steps, it's the longest urban stair climbing contest in the world, beating the number two, the Sky Rise Chicago Run in the Willis Tower, by 231 steps. 

John raced the four towers, including the stretches in between the towers, in an excellent time of 26 minutes and 47 seconds. This ranks him the 79th fastest in a field of 450. Jan followed in a notable 30'30", good for an overall 153rd place.

Fight for Air Climbs are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association. They are usually organized in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas throughout the United States. To help John and Jan reaching their fundraising goals, both were sponsored by the CTBUH.

Many tall buildings in the world host similar stair running contests, such as Taipei 101 (2,046 steps) in Taiwan, Eureka Tower (1,958 steps) in Melbourne, the CN Tower (1,776 steps) in Toronto, and the Empire State Building (1,576 steps) in New York City.

Fight for Air Climb:


Jan Klerks flys by between towers Celebrating at the finish line