CLIMB-UP COUNTDOWN; 103 DAYS TO PREPARE FOR 103 FLOORS
TODAY MARKS 103 DAYS UNTIL RIC SKYRISE CHICAGO 2011 - THE PLANET’S TALLEST INDOOR STAIR CLIMB HELD AT CHICAGO'S OWN WILLIS TOWER
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! | SKYRISE DATE: NOVEMBER 6, 2011
SkyRise Chicago is the planet’s tallest stair benefiting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Not only can individuals and teams soar 103 floors up Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, there is also the option to hand-cycle the equivalent distance and elevation. Last year, SkyRise Chicago raised more than $1,000,000 to support the world-class rehabilitation care and cutting-edge research at RIC, ranked the #1Rehabilitation Hospital in America.
Approximately 2,500 stair climbers will ascend 103 floors or 2,109 steps of Willis Tower, 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. Nearly 40 hand-cyclists will use mathematically calibrated stationary hand-cycles. Last year drew more than 2,500 participants from 39 states and six countries.
REGISTRATION & PRIZES:
The registration fee for SkyRise Chicago is $50, plus a $100 individual fundraising minimum ($2,000 minimum for teams.) Participants receive SkyRise Chicago T-shirt, swag bag, finisher's medal and after-race refreshments. Fantastic prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers. Pre-Registration Deadline is October 1, 2011.
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
Sunday, November 6, 2011, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For press passes and inquiries please contact Lindsay Hays | Grace Public Relations for RIC | 312.265.1133 or Lindsay@graceprgroup.com
About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago:
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world and is the leader in research and development of the cutting-edge treatments and technologies in its field. Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better outcome.
RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction with a record seven multi-year, multi-million dollar federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research and rehabilitation engineering research. RIC operates its 165-bed, current flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 30 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwestern region, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient services.
Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. For more information, go to www.ric.org .
About Willis 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.