Fight for Air Climb to benefit the American Lung Assn. scheduled for Feb. 23

The American Lung Association is excited to present the fifth annual competitive stairclimb, Fight for Air Climb, in Dallas on Feb. 23, 2013. This fun athletic event will challenge participants to climb the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas. Participants may run or walk each one of the 53 floors on their way to a celebration at the top.

This year’s honoree is Laura McCracken. McCracken was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2007 at the age of 30.

“The American Lung Association has my support because their efforts are so important,” said McCracken. “They educate people about the importance of clean air, stopping tobacco use, and funding research to help people like me.”

Stairclimbs are emerging athletic competitions that take participants beyond the average run/walk event. These “vertical marathons” are growing in popularity and Dallas is leading the way by hosting this one-of-a-kind event.

Participants can compete in the Fight for Air Climb as individuals or as teams. All participants will have their time calculated through an electronic chip-timing system. Teams will have the ability to start the race together and support one another during the climb. Water stations and rest floors will be available periodically throughout the climb if needed.

When climbers reach the top of Renaissance Tower, a celebratory After Party will be held on the 53rd floor, which will include a DJ, food, massage therapists, various vendors, entertainment and an awards ceremony.

Through team sponsorships and donations, Fight for Air Climb participants will support the American Lung Association’s fight against lung disease. Proceeds from Fight for Air Climb will help find cures, protect clean air and promote smokefree kids. The American Lung Association in Dallas has announced a goal of raising $155,000 from this year’s event.

“I climbed 53 stories last year to ‘Fight for Air,’ so that hopefully someday people like me won’t have to suffer with lung cancer,” said McCracken. “I look forward to this year’s event, and to being a voice for awareness about lung health.”

For more information about the Fight for Air Climb, visit www.FightForAirClimb.org or call Amanda Frederick at 214-631-5864 x209.

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