Mike Maitem will Climb with Lung Association in Providence in Hopes of Reclaiming Fastest Climber Title

Stairclimb event supports research, education and advocacy efforts

PROVIDENCE, RI (February 6, 2014)

Mike Maitem, 48, will be climbing the Omni Providence Hotel on February 22 in hopes of beating his time from last year, as well as to raise money and awareness for the American Lung Association of the Northeast. Last year, he climbed 29 floors in just three minutes and 27 seconds, faster than anyone else that day. This will be Maitem’s third Fight for Air Climb.

Mike Maitem
Maitem, 2013 American Ninja Warrior finalist

“Last year I came in first overall, and that is my goal this year again,” said Maitem, who often competes in other physically challenging competitions, such as American Ninja Warrior.  American Ninja Warrior is a competition show, a collaboration between NBC and the Esquire Network©, that follows contestants as they tackle some of the world’s most difficult obstacle courses. Maitem appeared on the show last year and made it all the way to the finals taped in Las Vegas. Maitem will use the Providence climb as a training mechanism for the American Ninja Warrior, which he intends to try out for again this year.

Maitem prepares for the climb by using the stair stepper at his gym, and challenging himself during his rigorous training sessions. He also seeks out buildings to run what he calls “test climbs.” “I work out constantly, every day of the week, sometimes twice a day.  I do cardio on the stair climber pretty much religiously,” explains Maitem. He also works out his triceps stating that he uses the stair railings for assistance on climb day.

Maitem posts information about the climb and how to donate on his Facebook page, which can be found by visiting www.irace4food.com. The site came about when he recognized that he wanted to start giving back. Maitem describes himself as someone who once  never donated when asked to do so in a grocery checkout line. Then, his whole outlook changed, and he decided he needed to do something more.

“I reached a point where I decided I wanted to help people that couldn’t help themselves,” Maitem said. “irace4food.com started on that concept.” He hopes that his website inspires others to help when they can and has encouraged his web page followers to donate to the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in Providence. Donations can also be made to Mike via his personal fundraising page at go.lungne.org/Maitem2014. He encourages others to not only donate to the cause but to join his climb team, aptly named “irace4food.com,” and to truly be a part of the cause.

The Providence Fight for Air Climb is sponsored by the Omni Providence Hotel, Rí Rá Irish Pub, NBC 10 WJAR, Fidelity Investments, LGC&D, Absolute Respiratory Care, CVS Pharmacy, Electric Boat, Vermont Hard Cider, Hot 106 FM, Amica Insurance, MetLife and Genentech. The event is also made possible with the support of national Corporate Team partner, Kindred Healthcare. Registration is available until February 18 at ClimbofYourLife.org. Climbers can register at the Omni on February 22 for an increased fee, as well as the $100 fundraising minimum.