Illinois High School P.E. Teacher attempts stair climbing world record Sat, Nov 23, 2013

Justin Stewart, a 26 year old Physical Education teacher and track coach from Springfield, IL, will have one goal this Saturday: Climbing Stairs!  But not a normal amount of stairs; Justin is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for climbing the most vertical feet via ascending stairs in a 12 hour period.  The current record was set in 2011 by Chris Solarz from New York City when he climbed 58,080 stairs or 33,000 feet, which to put in perspective is:

  • higher than Mount Everest
  • about the same cruising altitude of a passenger jet
  • more stairs than the average person will climb in decades of their life!

Stewart, one of the top ranked stair climber in the world, recently won the Willis Tower climb in thirteen minutes and twenty-nine seconds.  He also excelled in middle distance running and a collegiate athlete.  He did his first stair climb 6 years ago, and since then he has participated in 22 events, winning 16 of them and setting 10 course records.  Stair climbing, also known as tower running, is a fast-growing sport, with over 100 races across America, and dozens more internationally.  Races take place at some of the world’s most iconic structures, such as the Empire State Building, the Willis Tower in Chicago ( formerly known as the Sears Tower)  and the US championship at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas which boasts the tallest free-standing observation tower in the USA.  These vertical races are attracting many world class athletes such as Mr. Stewart, along with masses of less competitive but still very active people who are “UP” for an event of a different kind.

Justin will have his sights set “HIGH” as he plans to climb 40,000 feet in 12 hours.  His world record attempt will take place from 6am to 6pm at the 32 floor Springfield Hilton located at 700 E. Adams Street in Springfield, IL . This building is the tallest skyscraper in Illinois outside of the Chicagoland area.

Coach Stewart is also doing this event as a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

Justin Stewart can be reached at 217-502-5288.  David Hanley, official scorekeeper for the US Stair Climbing Association, will be there to witness Justin’s attempt for The Guinness Book of World Records.  He can be contacted via email at .