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I am participating in SkyRise Chicago 2017, tackling the highest indoor tower climb at the Willis Tower to raise funds for the nation's best rehabilitation hospital, according to US News and World Report – the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)!
SRALAB provides world-class rehabilitation care to thousands of patients for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke and cancer recovery, and more. The funds raised through SkyRise Chicago 2017 will directly support advances in patient care and cutting-edge research at SRALAB.
So, why do I participate? I am a physician. Fitness and well being are part of my philosophy of life. I have run up the World Trade Center to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and done some climbs to benefit the American Lung Association. For me, stair climbing/racing is a way of celebrating life. It is easy to take your four extremities for granted. When you lose one or two through trauma or a neurological event, maybe you can compensate with some expert help. When you lose the use of all four extremeities, it is a devastating blow that requires immense mental strength, endurance, determination, and self discipline to reinvent oneself. "Mind over matter", as they say. A similar mindset is required to run up 103 floors. It requires all four extremities working against gravity and a mind that refuses to quit. Sheer willpower is a very important element. There is no respite from the relentless onslaught of successively higher and higher floors. Take your body to its physical limit and relish the triumph of achieving something that is truly difficult. If I can stimulate awareness of people less fortunate than myself, raise some money on their behalf, and enhance my overall health at the same time, I have done something worthwhile with my time.
My Personal Web Log
I finished the race in 20:56, good for 65th overall out of 1770 runners. Thank you all for donating. Hopefully, I'll be back next year. It is a great event and a worthy cause.
by Sheldon Robbins on Mon, Nov 06, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
9/28/17: I did 167 floors at Women and Infants. I keep seeing the same janitor in the stairwell who has a good singing voice.
by Sheldon Robbins on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 5:10 AM
9/17/17: How does one train for a race up 103 floors? Sometimes I drive to Providence RI from CT to run the 16 floors at Women & Infants Hospital. Sometimes I just run up and down the seven floor stairwell at L&M Hospital where I work in New London, CT. I did the L&M stairwell 16 times today.
by Sheldon Robbins on Sun, Sep 17, 2017 @ 9:58 PM
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