“Step Up” for Lung Disease on March 3rd

American Lung Association hosts 4th annual Climb Springfield Fight for Air Climb

Springfield, MA (March 1, 2012)

Stairclimb events are innovative, exciting, and are taking the nation by storm. They are a great way to honor a loved one who lived with, and may have died from lung disease, or for a new kind of fitness challenge.

Health New England, of Western Mass, has signed as premier sponsor for the Springfield stairclimb event, and on Saturday, March 3rd more than 200 participants and 33 teams will tackle the 528 stairs, in 24 floors, of One Monarch Place in support of the American Lung Association. Fastest climbers, as well as top fundraisers will be honored at the event’s after party and awards ceremony.

The non-profit organization’s Fight for Air Climb also incorporates an exciting firefighter competition, and now a brand new CrossFit division for 2012. Firefighters from Connecticut and all over Massachusetts will compete for the trophy, to be named the Fastest Fire Department. Those registered for the Crossfit division will complete challenges, as they ascend the stairs, to claim the CrossFit trophy for their team.

Other sponsors for the event include: Monarch Place, CBS3 Springfield, People’s Bank, Commonwealth Recycle, and JT’s Sports Pub, who will host the after party and awards ceremony, immediately following the event. Located at 1373 Main Street, JT’s is just a short walk from the event venue.

Participants in the stairclimb event are subject to a $35 registration fee and a $100 fundraising minimum. Proceeds from the event fund lung disease research, advocacy, and programs as well as smokefree and clean air initiatives in Massachusetts. To register for Climb Springfield, or to make a donation to a team or individual that could save lives, climbofyourlife.org.

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About the American Lung Association of New England

The American Lung Association of New England is part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. Established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; our mission today is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung disease. ALANE serves CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT.