Climb Philadelphia’s Tallest Skyscraper for Charity

Skip the elevator and take the steps — all 1,092 of them.

The Comcast Center

The Comcast Center

Rocky didn’t run up the 72 steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the view of City Hall. Stair climbing is a great way to work in cardio and up your leg strength. And to withstand the onslaught he took from Apollo Creed, he must have been doing something right. Now imagine what you’d be capable of doing after climbing over 1,000 steps of Philadelphia’s tallest skyscraper. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society wants to help you find out with their inaugural BIG CLIMB PHILLY event, raising money for blood cancer research.

The LLS teamed up with Duncan Glew, who receives cancer treatment at CHOP, to bring the climb to Philadelphia for the very first time. The Comcast Center agreed to support the LLS’s mission to find a cure for blood cancer by offering their 974-foot skyscraper as BIG CLIMB PHILLY’s stair climbing course.

The event takes place on April 23rd at the Comcast Center at 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Registration is $35 until February 29th and $45 after that. The event is capped at 1,500 participants, so register early to secure your spot. Each participant is required to raise $109.20 (not including the registration fee) by race day.

So what are you waiting for? This is your chance to show you have the chops to be the next world heavyweight boxing champion. Make sure to yell, “Yo, Adrian! I did it!” when you reach the finish, assuming you aren’t trying to catch the breath you lost around the 20th floor. And note: You won’t be climbing all the way to the top of the building (thank goodness), you’ll just be climbing to the 43rd floor.

For other information about the event or to register for the climb, check out the climb’s site here.

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