Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hustle Up the Hancock

This Sunday I participated in an atletic event called the Hustle up the Hancock. The event is pretty much as is sounds, people climb the stairs to the top of the John Hancock building in Chicago Illinois. Indviduals could choose to do the full climb (94 floors) or the half climb (52 floors). By the time I signed up, the full climb was full, so I did the half climb. My official time was 12 minutes and 46 seconds, well behind the winner with a time of 5:51. My half climb time would actually finish 9th in the full climb event. The winner of the full climb came in at 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

Did I really expect to compete for first in this event? No, I just wanted to be able to say I climbed to the top of th Hancock building. It was challengeing, but I still feel like I could have completed the full climb had that option been available to me.

I was suprised how quickly the climb went. I was getting pretty tired and asking myself why I had decided to do it, when I noticed I was already at floor 80. The worst part of the climb was the last two flights of stairs. Floors 42-92 had about 15steps per floor. To get to 93 and 94 the flights had closer to 25 or 30. Oh well. It was a fun event and I have a medal to prove it.


  1. "by the time I signed up, the full climb was full" <- I laughed. Isn't that convenient, Noffke?

    No, seriously, congrats. This gives me added motivation to get back to the SRSC... that, or actually use the stairs in Ballantine.