Record-Breaking Climb in Springfield

(February 21, 2013)


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Team WINErs climb in memory of Nathan Earls

The American Lung Association in Illinois hosted their 4th Annual Fight for Air Climb on Saturday, February 16, 2013 with a record number of participants registered to climb the 32 floors of the Springfield Hilton. Over 900 participants joined the fight against lung disease raising more than $182,500 to support research, education and services in Illinois.

“It was so inspiring seeing individuals climbing in honor or in memory of friends and family members who suffer from lung disease,” said Sarah Tapscott, Manager of Special Events with the American Lung Association in Illinois. “They were climbing because they can, and so many can’t.”

Ninety-two teams registered for the Fight for Air Climb including three teams that each had more than 60 team members. One of those teams, Team WINErs, climbed the 532 steps of Central Illinois’ tallest building in memory of friend and loved one Nathan Earls. Team Captain Adam Bugos said, “It was an amazing and unforgettable experience! Seeing the team come together, raise money, and complete the climb was very overwhelming. We are all so thankful to have an organization like the American Lung Association to stand beside us in our fight for clean air.”

Participants and funds raised exceeded last year’s event, with the following award-winning performances:

Top Fundraisers Individual

  1. Pat Schulz (Individual) - $3,815
  2. Marjorie Carvalho (Go Up or Throw Up) - $1,487.01
  3. Emily Cour (Next Level) - $1,175
  4. Kevin Imhoff (FitClub) - $1,005

Top Fundraising Teams

  1. Team Tucker – $9,617
  2. Hot Legs – $5,700.75
  3. WINErs – $5,260
  4. Geninatti Gym – $4,508

Power Hour Winners

  1. 10 Climbs in one hour (F) – Roxanne Sanchez – 44:51
  2. 12 Climbs in one hour (M) – Justin Stewart – 43:11

Fire Teams (5 teams total)

  1. Jacksonville Fire – 5:38
  2. Decatur Fire – 5:53
  3. Lincoln Fire – 6:20

Police Team

Sangamon County Tactical Response Team – 7:21

General Climb Winners (Male)

  1. Justin Stewart – 2:08
  2. John Osborn – 2:31
  3. Trevor Lister – 2:38

General Climb Winners (Female)

  1. Roxanne Sanchez – 3:11
  2. Nancy Lamb – 3:32
  3. Karen Geninatti – 3:41

Corporate Team Winners

  1. GNC North Dirksen – 2:59
  2. Geninatti Gym – 3:10
  3. FitClub – 3:27

Family/Friend Team Winners

  1. Brady’s Bunch – 3:10
  2. SBC Mt. Everett Memorial Climb – 4:06
  3. Next Level – 4:13