Thousands of people climbed to the top of the Willis Tower – one stair at a time

CHICAGO -- More than 3,000 climbers participated in the 8th annual Skyrise Chicago stair climb at the Willis Tower Sunday morning.  It was a long way to the top floor, but it was worth the $1 million dollars climbers were hoping to raise for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

More than 3,000 participants climbed 103 flights of stairs - more than 2,100 steps - to the top of the Willis Tower.

Senator Mark Kirk, a former RIC patient, participated in his fourth annual stair climb. Ethan Menges, a quadruple amputee, climbed to accomplish his own personal goals. Kirk also used the opportunity to encourage everyone to get out and vote next Tuesday.

All of the proceeds went directly to research projects and rehabilitation programs at RIC.

Everyone who participated in the stair climb, collected a shiny, gold medal as a keepsake. This year's best time was just over 13 minutes.