Iconic Fight For Air Climb Heads Outdoors to Principal Park

Annual stair climb to raise money to end lung disease, COVID-19

Today, the American Lung Association in Iowa announced that it will host the iconic Fight For Air Climb, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, outdoors for the first time at Principal Park on May 15. 

This is the 18th year of the Fight For Air Climb in Des Moines. The event typically takes place in the stairwells of four buildings in Downtown Des Moines but was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge for the safety of participants, volunteers and staff. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event. 

“Without missing a beat, we are headed outdoors, onward and upward for our legacy Fight For Air Climb event,” said Micki Sandquist, Executive Director of the Lung Association. “During this time, it is more important than ever to support lung health, so on May 15, we are climbing to bring an end COVID-19, lung cancer and lung disease, and ensure healthy air for all.”

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. 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.

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $35, and includes a fundraising minimum of $100. Register today, as space is limited in person.  For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/DesMoines

The safety of participants, volunteers and staff is always our number one priority. We are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect your Climb. Check your local Climb website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information, contact:

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

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