- $35 for charity stair-climbing race entry for one (up to $75 value)
Stair-climbers dash up and down some 6,000 steps as U.S. Cellular Field is filled with cheers and rocking music. Afterward, they meet up at Chi Sox Bar and Grill for a post-race party with drink specials. The event benefits Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and the Special Olympics.
Climbers leave the starting gate every eight to ten seconds. Some teams will be captained by participants from CBS’s Survivor:
- The elite wave at 8 a.m.
- The Survivor Jenny/Artis team at 8:30 a.m.
- The Survivor RC/Andrea team at 9:30 a.m.
- The Survivor Mallory/Spencer team at 10:30 a.m.
- The half climb at 11:30 a.m.
The full distance of the race is 6,000 stairs; the half-climb is 3,000 stairs.
Packet pickup occurs on August 24 in Chicago, August 24 in Lombard, September 2 in Chicago, and September 3 in Schaumburg.
Storm the Stadium
One of the longest consecutive-stair challenges in America, Storm the Stadium invites racers to tackle a 3,000- or 6,000-stair course that crisscrosses Chicago's beloved U.S. Cellular Field. Groups of 350 racers launch every 10 seconds beginning at 8 a.m., spurred on by pumping music and fueled by samples of food or drink from vendors. Climbers can also opt to purchase more food and alcoholic beverages from the stadium's concession stands. In addition to individual participants, elite racing teams also make the climb; the team with the best average time earns a first-place finish and a thumbs up from a guy who once saw Buzz Aldrin at a mall. Storm the Stadium’s organizers help interested participants raise money for charities of their choice through race pledges; racers may choose to climb for a charity and donate an amount of their choosing.