DALLAS — Saturday was about the easiest day of the year for the elevators at the Fountain Place skyscraper in downtown Dallas.
As many as 1,500 people showed up at the building, but all of them decided to hoof it up 52 flights — that’s 1,040 steps.
And every step of the way, many of the climbers remembered who inspired them to do it.
"Everybody out there... my dad, my grandma... family members that have died of cancer,” said Karin Recer.
For many, the challenge represented a great cause — and a great workout.
“It was a lot tougher than I thought,” participant Jae Shin admitted.
But climber Candice O’Connor put it all in perspective.
“The people going through cancer have such a harder struggle than this," she said. "This is nothing compared to what they are going through."
This year's fundraising effort was expected to be the biggest in the history of the Big D Climb.