Fight For Air Climb raises $164,000!

(March 6, 2012)


On Saturday, March 3rd, nearly 750 participants came to downtown Des Moines for our 2012 Fight For Air Climb.  They scaled to the top of EMC Insurance Companies, Hub Tower, and the Des Moines Marriot Downtown in a 1,2, or 3 building climb.

Together, our climbers raised an amazing $164,000 for the Fight For Air and wowed us with their stories of perseverance and hope as they climbed in memory or in honor of loved ones or as a personal physical challenge or fitness goal.  Children were welcome to climb as well in their own “Kids Climb” and we loved seeing their excited faces when they made it to the top.

Climb Results

Female Overall:

  1. Jessica Rezac –  9:01
  2. Deb Cashman – 9:42
  3. Megan Tormey – 9:47

Male Overall:

  1. Nick Rouse – 7:53
  2. Luke Spencer – 7:59
  3. Curtis Pote – 8:00

Fastest Law Enforcement Team: Iowa City Police (4th year in a row!)
Fastest Female Law Enforcement: Leesa Shoemaker – 11:43
Fastest Male Law Enforcement: Curtis Pote – 8:00

Male Firefighter Overall:

  1. Simon Carl – 11:54
  2. Greg Besch – 12:55
  3. Kenny Day – 13:33

Female Firefighter Overall:

  1. Sadie McDowell – 17:03
  2. Hollie Green – 29:29
  3. Shelby Iverson

Career Firefighter Team: Marshalltown Fire
Volunteer Firefighter Team: Story City Fire

THANK YOU to all our climbers, sponsors, supportive spectators, donors and volunteers for making this year’s climb such a success.  This amazing feat wouldn’t have been possible without your help and we thank you not only for fundraising, but for helping to raise awareness about the importance of our cause.

Timing results are posted here and we’d love for you share with us your memories and photos on Facebook and Twitter.

Missed the Des Moines Climb?  Want to climb again?  There’s still space available in Chicago and Milwaukee!  Visit to learn more!