Running up 94 flights of stairs in one of the nation’s tallest buildings is surely one for the bucket list! This year 25 people from NorthPointe Wellness and the State Line area completed this amazing feat on February 26th for the seventh year in a row! This event is a fundraiser for the Respiratory Health Association and with 4,000 people participating in the climb it is one of their biggest!
This year Team NorthPointe placed 10th out of 132 teams to take on all 1,632 stairs at the John Hancock building! The team was made up of veteran and new climbers alike and not one was left on the stairs! Everyone on the team trained hard and gave it their all!
This year Nesa Anderson, of Rockton, finished the climb with a time of 18:43 to put her 1st in her age group! This was Nesa’s 7th year in a row hustling up the Hancock. This year she did it in honor of her 70th birthday! It was truly a golden year for Nesa!
“I am so proud of our team and all the hard work they put in. It is an honor to be a part of such a great group!” says Michelle Marella, Captain of Team NorthPointe. “I am also thankful for the last minute subs. It was awesome to have others step in and step up to help Team NorthPointe take on the challenge. Both of the subs did an awesome job!” Jerry Bloom, of Rockford, placed 2nd on Team NorthPointe with a time of 14:43! Judy Thomas, of Beloit, showed up to support the team and ended up filling one of vacant spots on Team NorthPointe. Judy’s courage got her a time of 26:03 without a single day of training, truly amazing!
This event is very well organized with a wide variety of teams and abilities. “We all enjoy the bus ride down, the excitement of the day, the anticipation of our climb, and the satisfaction of knowing that we did it.” says Marella. For more information about this event or assistance in training for your own event, please call NorthPointe Wellness at 815-525-4909.
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