Message from Chief Curmode, Co-Chair
Ladies, Gentlemen, and Family Members:
Hello! Thanks for participating in the Fight for Air Climb, April 21, 2012. We want everyone to have a great time. Below are tips for making your climb/run successful and safe. The bottom line is: "raising funds for people suffering from lung ailments to help in finding a cure and assist those suffering from these symptoms."
1. If you have not started training, begin!
2. Make sure you have your physician's approval and/or a checkup before starting.
3. Wear good shoes!
4. Be prepared for inclement weather. The only show stopper for the stairs is a lightning storm or heavy snow.
5. There are 146 stairs from bottom to top. This is approximately 6.5 stories on each ascent. The first 55-60 stairs are about concrete. The next 85-91 stairs are steel. When wet, the steel may be very slick.
6. The stairs are wide enough for 2 people.
7. I encourage each of you to be very careful when doing the stairs.
8. We encourage all participants to take 1 step per second that will assist you in NOT going into the anaerobic state. (As firefighters, we wear about #70 lbs of personal protective gear including an air pack. We try to maintain 1 step per second, so that we are able to search and rescue, and fight the fire when we reach the fire floor.)
9. I would encourage all participants to walk the stairs, and run the ramps and the track to lower their time.
10. Be courteous, if you cannot pass someone on the stair, be courteous and polite, WAIT! Pass when you are not on the stairs!
11. You have ample opportunity to run when on the ramps or on the track! There will be many firefighters in their gear that may make it difficult to pass.
12. There will be a multitude of Volunteers that will direct you on the route! Pay close attention to their directions.
13. Remember, this is for fun! Enjoy, raise funds for the American Lung Association!
14. This is the longest and hardest climb to date. You do NOT have to do the entire 110 stories--do whatever you can physically. Then, set a higher goal in 2013.
15. Be safe! See you there!
Gary Curmode, Fire Chief