All 680 steps for the 31 floors of the Oakbrook Terrace Tower were in use Saturday for the American Lung Association’s annual Fight For Air Climb.
This marked the 27th year the Oakbrook Terrace Tower has hosted the event, which has raised more than $1 million since it began, according to Jill Thompson of the American Lung Association.
Saturday’s climb had $150,000 as a fundraising goal, with 650 participants expected along with about 250 volunteers and spectators, Thompson said. Participants raised money by climbing the stairs, either a set number of times or as many times as they could in one hour.
Pre-event registration indicated there would be participants ranging in age from 5 to 73 from Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, and Iowa.
Among those registered were 24 first responders from seven fire departments and 16 police officers from three police departments.
Firefighters climbed the stairs one to three times in full gear, including boots, helmet, suit and tank.
Thompson said almost 90 percent of every dollar raised by the American Lung Association goes directly to education, research and advocacy.