Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Going up!

For the third year, some of the sports challenged staff members and friends of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) participated in the SkyRise Chicago stair climbing race, which involved scaling 103 floors to the observatory of the 442-meter (1,451-feet) Willis Tower in Chicago. The Third Annual SkyRise Chicago, which is also a fundraiser benefiting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), took place on Sunday, November 6, 2011 and drew more than 2,600 participants from 38 states and seven countries.

John Lindbloom pointing out where to go Left to right: Patrick Bayard, Bob Lau, a SkyRise volunteer and Jan Klerks are ready to go.

John Lindbloom, a regular volunteer with the CTBUH, was again the fastest CTBUH representative with a impressive time of 22 minutes and 3 seconds. Not only does this place him in the 180th position overall, but it also allowed him to hold on to the CTBUH Stair Running Trophy, which he also secured in 2009 and 2010.

Journal co-editor Bob Lau secured the second fastest time in the CTBUH rankings with a time of 25:48 (485th overall), closely followed by Journal editor Jan Klerks who came in at 27:01 (604th overall). Stair climbing rookie Patrick Bayard, the CTBUH research manager, clocked a time of 44:25, which he has already vowed to beat in next year's race. The overall winner of the race was Sproule Love from New York City in an unfathomable time of 13:03.

Made it! Jan Klerks (left) and Bob Lau (right) having their picture taken with Ronnie Brewer, guard for the Chicago Bulls basketball team

Chicagoans who would like to participate in other stair climbing events can save the dates of January 29 and February 26, 2012, when races are organized in the Aon Center and John Hancock Center respectively.