Joestein Alvestad (light blue shirt with hat and medal shown above), of the Elmhurst Fire Department, won the 2009 annual Tackle the Tower competition held at the Oakbrook Terrace Tower in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. In 3 minutes and 25 seconds he ran up 680 stairs which comprises of 62 banks of stairs which form the 31 story building. That’s amazing.
I worked in the Tower for 10 years and occassionally, okay rarely, I would walk down the stairs for some exercise. Sometimes i would jog up 5 floors and walk back down. I can’t imagine running UP the stairs in under 4 minutes. I can’t imagine going up the stairs in under an hour. It’s a really tall building; the tallest in Illinois outside Chicago.
So way to go, Joestein! This was the fourth year in a row that the Elmhurst Fire Dept has had the best overall time in the event. That’s good to hear.