The power of pull-ups: Duo to attempt to break record

Pair aiming to raise funds for memorial to U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Vanek, who died in Iraq in 2007

The Elmhurst City Centre plaza will be the site of an attempt to set a world record for pull-ups. (Elmhurst Titan file photo)

ELMHURST – Trying to do more than 7,306 pull-ups in a 24-hour span sounds like just about the hardest thing a person can do.

To Nick Janowitz and Jeremy Miller, though, it’s just a way to bring awareness to something they see as infinitely more meaningful – the sacrifice of those who’ve died in the U.S. military service.

Janowitz, owner of Patriot Sports and Fitness in Elmhurst, and Miller, a Patriot trainer, will take to the Elmhurst City Centre plaza at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, to attempt to break the existing record for pull-ups in 24 hours. In the process, they’re looking to raise enough money to fund a pull-up bar memorial in Elmhurst to honor U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Vanek, who died in Iraq in 2007.

Janowitz and Miller intend to keep going through the night and into Saturday as they take aim at the record. The event, dubbed “Breaking Records to Raise the Bars,” is free and open to the public. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with a national anthem performance and a visit from the Elmhurst Fire Department.

Miller, in comments posted on the Pull-up Bars for Patriots website, talked about what this event means to him.

“I’m doing this to honor and show my gratitude to those who have died for our country,” Miller said. “It’s mind blowing to me how many kids my age take advantage of the freedoms they have without taking into consideration the sacrifices that were made so they can have that freedom. Hearing stories of what these fallen men and women have done for us makes doing 24 hours of pull-ups seem a little bit easier.”

Saturday’s highlights include visits from the National Guard, a military vehicle provided by Veterans Garage, DJ Oliver, and a secondary pull-up bar for attendees to try out some pull-ups.

Fitz’s Spare Keys is supporting the event by donating 10 percent of the bill from food and drinks sold during the event to anyone who mentions Patriot Sports and Fitness.

Pull-Up Bars for Patriots is an organization founded by a former U.S. Marine that seeks to establish permanent memorials in honor of fallen service members while encouraging physical fitness.