American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb Pittsburgh Heads Outdoors to the Joe Walton Stadium at Robert Morris University - to Support Lung Health, COVID-19 Action Initiative on June 26, 2021

Stadium home to Robert Morris University Colonials football team

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania will host the annual Fight for Air Climb Pittsburgh event outdoors for the first time at the Joe Walton Stadium at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA on June 26 starting at 8:30 a.m.

The event will operate as a hybrid with both outdoor and virtual options and support research, advocacy and education for lung diseases and COVID-19, with a fundraising goal of $75,000.
This is the 15th year of the Fight For Air Climb in Pittsburgh. The event typically takes place in the stairwells of JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty in Pittsburgh but was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge for the safety of participants, volunteers and staff. 

In addition to the Joe Walton Stadium in-person event, the Lung Association has introduced the Climb21 Challenge, empowering participants to “Climb Your Way” for the 21 days leading up to the in-person event. This challenge utilizes the new Fight for Air Climb app (available for Apple and Android devices) and invites climbers to virtually ascend famous landmarks across the globe, like the Eiffel Tower, Grand Canyon and Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) leading up to our in-person event on June 26.

“We are headed outdoors, onward, upward and around the world for our legacy Fight For Air Climb Pittsburgh event,” said American Lung Association Executive Director Caroline Hutchinson. “During this time, it is more important than ever to support lung health and improve air quality through education, research and advocacy - so on June 26, we are climbing to improve lives and bring an end to COVID-19, lung cancer and lung disease and ensure healthy air for all.”
Registration is open for the event, which invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to tackle the Joe Walton Stadium 758 stairs. Starting at 8:30 a.m., Climbers will be start in waves of 50 and receive a pre-assigned a climb and check-in time for event day. Free parking will be available on event day.
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. Our Climb Safe Commitment includes special distancing, health screenings, sanitation protocols and face masks. Everyone is encouraged to check our Climb website for the most up to date information leading to the event.

Money raised through the Fight for Air Climb Pittsburgh 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. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.

There is a $35 registration fee for the Fight for Air Climb Pittsburgh. This year, the Fight For Air Climb Pittsburgh is sponsored by Millcraft, MSA, Piatt/Sotheby’s, JLL, Emerson, UPMC, Highmark, Genentech, Northwestern Mutual, GASP and Veracyte. More information and registration are available at FightForAirClimb/pittsburgh.
For media interested in speaking with an expert about the event, a lung health expert or lung champion, contact Val Gleason at [email protected] or 717-971-1123.

For more information, contact:

Valerie Gleason
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