American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb New Jersey Heads Outdoors to Red Bull Arena - to Support Lung Health, COVID-19 Action Initiative on June 5, 2021

Stadium home to New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer

Today, the American Lung Association in New Jersey announced that it will host the annual Fight for Air Climb New Jersey event outdoors for the first time at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ on June 5 from 9:00 a.m.  to 12:00 p.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 $100,000. 

This is the 8th year of the Fight For Air Climb in New Jersey. The event typically takes place in the stairwells of One Gateway Center in Newark but was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge for the safety of participants, volunteers and staff.  

In addition to the Red Bull Arena 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 5. 

“We are headed outdoors, onward, upward and around the world for our legacy Fight For Air Climb New Jersey event,” said American Lung Association Executive Director Erica Masin. “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 5, 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 teas and first responders to tackle the Red Bull Arena, with 780 stairs. Starting at 9:00 a.m. Climbers will be scheduled in waves of 50 participants every 30 minutes. 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 New Jersey 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 $25 registration fee for the Fight for Air Climb New Jersey. This year, the Fight For Air Climb New Jersey is sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health, Kindred Hospitals for New Jersey and New Jersey Thoracic Society. More information and registration are available at 

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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