Iconic Fight For Air Climb Heads Outdoors to UCO’s Wantland Stadium

Stair climb event to raise money to end lung disease, COVID-19

Today, the American Lung Association in Oklahoma announced that it will host the iconic Fight For Air Climb event outdoors for the first time at Wantland Stadium, home of the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, on May 1. 

The event typically takes place in the stairwells of Valliance Tower 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.

Registration is now open for the event, which invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to tackle the stadium stairs, totaling 794 steps. 

“Without missing a beat, we are headed outdoors, onward and upward for our legacy Fight For Air Climb event,” said Terri Bailey, executive director of the Lung Association. “During this time, it is more important than ever to support lung health, so on May 1, we are climbing to bring an end to COVID-19, lung cancer and lung disease, and ensure healthy air for all.”

“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. 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 $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Oklahoma City.

For more information, contact:

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

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