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1,800 Supporters to Climb 56 Flights of Stairs in Support of Lung Research

(December 7, 2015) - DENVER, CO

**Editor’s Note:  For high-resolution images or video of last year’s event, please contact [email protected].

Fight for Air Climb participants will climb to the top of the Republic Plaza building in this unique event!

WHAT:        American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb

WHEN:       Sunday, February 21, 2016 starting at 7:30 a.m., ending at approximately 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:     Republic Plaza, 370 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202

HOW:      Registration is $35 per participant, or $25 early registration before December 11, 2015 

     Online registration at

Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many it is. On Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. hundreds will join the American Lung Association to climb up the Republic Plaza in support of friends and loved ones who suffer from lung diseases such as asthma and lung cancer, and raise funds for clean air and lung disease research, education and advocacy.  

A unique event to benefit a good cause, Fight for Air Climb participants will scale 56  flights of stairs – that’s 1,098  steps and over 600  vertical feet of the Republic Plaza located  at 370 17th Street in downtown Denver. The Lung Association’s annual fundraiser has been reaching exhilarating heights for 11 years in Denver.

“This is truly a remarkable experience for both running and fitness enthusiasts, as well as our participants that are suffering from a lung disease,” said Curt Huber, executive director of the American Lung Association in Colorado. “And is a reminder that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.”

The Fight for Air Climb will also include an Ultimate Climb option which allows the Ultimate Climber to climb the 56 floors of the Republic Plaza as many times as desired in a one hour period. The Ultimate Climb is held between 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 

Some local firefighters will be showing their support at the race by climbing the 56 flights in full firefighter gear – helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack – weighing over 45 pounds. Firefighters have an increased risk for lung disease from the exposure to gases, chemicals and smoke in the line of duty.

Fight for Air climbers can participate individually or as a team.  Registration is $35 per participant, or $25 early registration before December 11, and there is a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information or to register, contact Curt Huber at [email protected] or 303-388-4327, or visit

The American Lung Association of Colorado’s 2016 Fight for Air Climb has a strong title sponsor in Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield.


About the American Lung Association in Colorado 

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and 

tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website:

American Lung Association in Colorado
5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 100  |  Greenwood Village, CO 80111
1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)

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