This is an official press release.
Four US elite stair runners set an elevation world record by climbing the Bank of America Building in Downtown Jacksonville (Florida) repeatedly for 24 hours. They collectively climbed over 5,880 floors, 6,440 vertical feet (which is equivalent to more than twice up Mt Everest) and 123,480 steps in 24 hours.
With this epic climb the athletes belonging to the USA Stair Climbing Association raised awareness for a good cause. “We’re climbing on behalf of those who can’t,” says Trahanovsky. “The majority of the stair climb races in the U.S. are organized by the American Lung Association and we are so thankful for everything they do!” The American Lung Association is a voluntary health organization whose mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The Fifth Annual Fight for Air Climb Jacksonville, benefiting the American Lung Association, is the only competitive stair climb on the First Coast and is held in the city’s tallest building consisting of 42 floors (838 steps). This year’s climb event will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Bank of America Tower in downtown Jacksonville. “It’s an honor to be able to promote such a worthy cause and inaugural race with a world record attempt like this,” says Kacie.
The world record climbers:
Mark Trahanovsky, 53 years old from Yorba Linda, California is the creator of the USA Stair Climb Association. He is also the founder of the West Coast Labels stair racing team, which is the fastest stair climb team in the world. Mark is ranked among top 50 stair climbers in the world and has competed in over 40 stair races in the past ten years.
PJ Glassey, 46 years old from Seattle, Washington is ranked among the top 10 U.S. tower climbers, is owner of the X Gyms, has authored the book of “Cracking Your Calorie Code” and is the creator of the X Gym workout DVD.
Kacie Fischer, Cleveland, 27 years old from Ponte Vedra, Florida was ranked among the top 10 female tower runners in the world in 2010 and 2011. Cleveland recently broke a World Record inline skating more than 2,800 miles across the USA.
Kristin Frey, 28 years old from Schaumburg, Illinois has been ranked among the top 3 female tower runners in the world since 2010 and has qualified for the Boston Marathon 10 times.
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