Victoria Clinton of Elburn finished first among all women ages 1-11 in the 12th annual Hustle Up the Hancock in Chicago. Over 4,000 people competed in the 94 floor climb up John Hancock center in a fundraiser for lung disease research programs of Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.
11-year old Victoria led the way to the top for all participants under the age of 11 with the impressive time of 14 minutes, 14 seconds. She finished 100th out of over 4,000 climbers. Victoriaâ€™s finish is over six minutes faster than the winner from last yearâ€™s winner in that age division. The first place finisher was Terry Purcell of Springfield with a time of 9:31. Participants in the event ranged from age 6-77.
The climb is expected to raise $1.3 million by March 20 for the Respiratory Health Association local investment in lung disease research.
Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, more than half of the climbers have been touched by lung disease. Funds raised from this climb will go a long way toward helping us find cures for lung cancer, COPD and other lung disease.
Climbersâ€™ times can be found at www.lungchicago.org.