Marathoner To Attempt Stair Climbing World Record

Philadelphia, PA –On June 25, 2011, from 7am – 7pm, Chris Solarz (age 32) will attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ for the “Greatest Vertical Height Climbed in 12 Hours.”

The 53-story building at Three Logan Square (formerly known as the Bell Atlantic Tower) will host Chris’s record attempt.  He will run up the stairs from the ground floor to the top floor, taking the elevator back down, as many times as possible in 12 hours.

The current record was set in 1994 by Russell Gill, who scaled the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus, Ohio, 53 times for a cumulative vertical height of 26,712ft.  Chris’s goal is to surpass 29,029 feet, the height of Mount Everest’s peak above sea level.  Chris’s record attempt is being called the “Urban Everest Challenge.”

Chris has considerable experience in both endurance events and stairclimbing races.  He has run nearly 200 marathons and ultra marathons in 30 countries around the world.  He has also run dozens of stair races around the world, and has won 6 stair races hosted in Philadelphia’s Mellon Bank Center and Three Logan Square.

Chris will be raising money for the American Lung Association.  Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit

Chris Solarz


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