All year-round Chicago plays host to a slew of races, jogs, and walks, giving fitness buffs an opportunity to push their endurance to the limit and help give back to a worthy charitable organization. The Fight for Air Climb is no different, now celebrating its 5th year at Presidential Towers. This Sunday March 10th, the four buildings of the Presidential Towers will be awaiting the coming pitter-pater of an expected 1,500 climbers. Fight for Air Climb is North America’s largest indoor climb and benefits the American Lung Association (ALA). Participants have signed up to climb as an individual, or team with the option of choosing one (45 floors; 585 steps), two (90 floors; 1,170 steps), three (135 floors; 1,775 steps) or all four of the towers (180 floors; 2,340 steps). Proceeds from the event will support the ALA’s efforts to advance lung health research, education programs, and advocacy initiatives.
The Fight for Air Climb is part of a nationwide program enacted by the ALA. “During the past decade, stair climbs have evolved to be a signature fundraising event for the American Lung Association with close to 60 Fight for Air Climbs occurring annually across the country, ” said Meghan Miller executive director of the American Lung Association of Greater Chicago. “The event has tripled in size over the years, going from a 500 person event in 2009 to a 1,500 person event in 2013. Our goal is to raise $340,000 this year, a significant increase from the $100,000 that was raised in the first year. It’s truly our dedicated volunteers and partners, like Presidential Towers, that have made that growth possible.”
Tina Miserendino, of Presidential Towers, touches on the mood of past climbs, “last year was my first year involved. The event was very well attended, and was buzzing with energy. Climbers from as young as 6 or 7 years old up to experienced, elite climbers participated, and many families and friends came out to cheer them on. The event day was overall a huge success. People really enjoyed themselves by not only exercising their lungs, but by supporting a great cause. Presidential Tower’s not only is host site to this great event, but our associates’ are dedicated to raising funds for the cause. In the last three years, Presidential Towers has raised more than $12,000 for the ALA.”
Those interested still have time to register for the event. Phone registration is open on March 7th and 8th and walk-up registration will be available on event day. If your not up for the climb, you can still venture down to Presidential Towers this Sunday to be part of the cheering crowd. A DJ will be stationed in the lobby mixing the latest tunes, and a variety of vendors will be onsite featuring energy drinks and snacks.
WHEN: Sunday, March 10, 2013 Starting at 7:30 a.m.
555 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661
TICKETS: Purchase tickets at 1-800-LUNGUSA