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Friday, November 14, 2008

Man Climbs To Top Of Sears Tower 4 Times In One Day

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Nick Wirsching wore these Crocs for his feet, and for his feat. (Tribune photo by Alex Garcia / November 11, 2008)

Next time you find yourself grumbling about a broken elevator, consider Nick Wirsching.

On Sunday, the 22-year-old West Chicago man climbed the stairs at the Sears Tower four times—that's 8,436 steps —voluntarily.

The feat set a record for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which hosts the Go Vertical Chicago event every year as a cancer research fundraiser.

"It's an extreme event," said Katie Levine, director of development for the foundation. "But he wasn't out of breath, he wasn't winded."

Wirsching—an extreme sports lover who has jumped into frigid Lake Michigan with a polar bear club and traveled from Chicago to Mackinac Island by sailboat—says he did the 103 flights once and decided to just keep going.

"I climbed to the top and thought, 'You know, really, I've got nothing else to do," said Wirsching, who took the elevator down.

And guess what? He did all four climbs wearing Crocs.


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