Chicago's 3 Best Winter Athletic Events for Charity


It is hard to get motivated to do any type of athletic event or race in the winter time.  The Shamrock is such a gamble if you are person who does not really enjoy the cold.  I guess I am referring to myself.  I am not one to be able to weather the storm unless I am dressed in my tundra-attire. However, what I love about the Shamrock is the spirit and craziness.  The length is reasonable as well, perfect for all levels of fitness.  Now that I have admitted I have little tolerance workout in the cold, you should know that I have taken advantage of Chicago's other great race - the Hancock Hustle.  It is inside!

The Hustle was a fun event.  I did it as a team with many of my students from POW! MMA and Fitness.  I would suggest this event to anyone.  But this year I will be doing the Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers. There are a few different ways to train for it and I like that they ally themselves with one charity.  In general, I support all of these events and hope that you will consider one of them.  If you are training for one of these stair climbs, please feel free to share your training program.  I would be happy to post it for all CN readers.

Hancock Hustle, February 26, 2012

This event has had over  4,000 people climb to the top of John Hancock Center .  This event raises money for lung disease research, advocacy and education.   They are allied with Respiratory Health Association.  Participants get to choose from two climbing categories--full climb (94 floors) or half climb (52 floors).  For more information on the event click here.

Fight For Air Climb, Sun, Mar 11, 2012 


This event is being referred to as ‘The Greatest Urban Stairclimb Challenge.’   You can participate as an individual or create a team to climb 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of the Presidential Towers. That's 180 floors and 2,340 steps! Walk, run or sprint the indoor distance between the towers. Another way to enjoy this event is to do it as a relay by creating 4 person teams.  This event benefits the American Lung Association.  For more information on the event click here.

Shamrock Shuffle: Sunday, March 25th


The Shamrock is walker friendly as long as you complete the course the in maximum amount of designated time.  You can do it solo or as a team (minimum of 4 and no more than 10).  The length of the course is 8K and has traffic protection for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  It begins at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street.  For more information on the event click here.


















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  • STORM THE STADIUM 2012 the newest Chicago challenge event and one of the longest consecutive stair climbs. Storm the Stadium challenges participants to scale 6000 stairs at Soldier's Field. To add to the intensity, we've brought along former Survivor (reality TV) contestants to lead their teams to the finish.

    It is one of the U.S. longest consecutive stair climb challenging participants to scale up and down 6000 stairs. Challengers will climb while live music blazes from the colonnades as they revel in the ambiance of a legendary football field. This extreme stair challenge is taking place at the historic Solider's Field September 22, 2012.

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