Yesterday, more than 700 people zipped up the stairs of 4 World Trade Center to raise money for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. For those doing the full run, it meant climbing 72 floors of stairs.
There was also a partial climb, to the 54th floor, and a virtual climb (elevator to 54th floor). The Damon Runyon foundation's Megan McCurdy told the Daily News, "It’s symbolic: gathering at 4 World Trade Center, reclaiming it and taking the space back. And climbing all of those flights of stairs is a lot of hard work, just putting one foot in front of the other and taking it one step at a time, and that’s what our approach to cancer research is."
The group of runners, which included firefighters wearing their gear, raised $170,000. One, Tim Donahue, went up the stairs in 8 minutes and 56 seconds and said, "I could have done it again."