Local Firefighters, 50 Pounds of Gear, Climb 1,200 Stairs at Great American Ballpark

Hundreds of first responders to climb stairs in first-ever outdoor stair climb to raise money to end lung disease, COVID-19

Firefighter Adam Rich, of the Sycamore Township Fire Department, will again participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in Cincinnati. Only this time it will be in the great outdoors at the Great American Ballpark on April 25.

“I love the Red's and the stadium, as well as this event, so combining the two makes it a fun new challenge and a great way to keep the event going. I look forward to this event every year and was excited about the new opportunity,” said Rich.

The event typically takes place in the stairwells of Carew Tower but was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge for the safety of participants, volunteers and staff. 

Rich will join hundreds of other first responders in the “The First Responder Challenge” which includes completing the upper level bowl for an approximate 1,200 stairs total.

“We love that the event has a challenge geared toward firefighters,” he said. “And it’s a worthy cause that also benefits us in training, fitness and attaining goals, all while helping a wonderful charity and a super fun event.”

Registration is now open for the event, which includes tackling the lower bowl of Great American Ballpark, totaling 843 stairs. Two other options include “The Great American Challenge Climb” which includes completing the lower bowl and both upper bowls for an approximate 4,064 steps (or 1 mile up and 1 mile down). The other options is the aforementioned “First Responder Challenge.”

Rich is excited to get outdoors for the Climb, raise funding and awareness.

“I'm most passionate about the great work the Lung Association does, and returning to some sense of normalcy at the event,” said Rich.

The American Lung Association invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to the 2021 Fight For Air Climb at Great American Ballpark. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event.
Masks will be required at the event and social distancing will be practiced. The safety of participants, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority, so we are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect the Climb. Everyone is encouraged to check our Climb website for the most up-to-date information leading up to the event.

Money raised at the Fight For Air Climb will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative, a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. 

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $35 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Cincinnati.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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