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Fight For Air Climb - a vertical race

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 19, 2014

I’ve been known to shame people into taking the elevator instead of the stairs here at the Austin American-Statesman.

But even I shudder a little bit at the thought of racing 33 floors up one of our downtown skyscrapers.

On April 26, more than 1,000 climbers representing about 150 teams will scamper up that many flights of stairs at the Frost Bank Tower, 401 Congress Avenue, to call attention to the importance of lung health.

Think of the Fight for Air Climb as a vertical road race that raises money for the American Lung Association. At the top, volunteers will greet the climbers with water in an air-purified room. Then they will adjourn to Breathe Easy Lounge in the lobby, where more air purifiers will be running.

Engry fee is $25. Participants must also raise $100 for the American Lung Association.

The first climbers will start at 9 a.m. Bib numbers will be assigned with start times in 15-minute intervals.

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