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Climb For A Cause on March 21
By Jim Brennan
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tair-climbing has earned a reputation as a vertical marathon because it requires moving your entire body weight
vertically rather than horizontally. The sport is a total body workout that exerts the cardiovascular system, making
it excellent for cross-training. It also burns roughly twice as many calories as other sports.
Sound enticing? Then give it a try at the American Lung Association’s 9
th
annual Philadelphia Fight for Air Climb
on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Participants of all athletic abilities are invited to register for the challenge — climb 50
floors, a total of 1,088 steps, up Three Logan Square. Most people who can walk 3 miles are able to climb 50 floors, and
those who don’t think 50 floors is enough can sign up for the Century Climber — 100 floors.
Many people never heard of the Fight for Air Climb until a family member or friend contracted lung cancer and
they registered to raise money for lung-cancer research. That is how Kristin Holubec got involved last year to support
her dad, Bill, an active fifty-eight-year-old triathlete, cyclist, and outdoor enthusiast diagnosed with stage-four lung
cancer. Kristin organized a team, Holubec’s Hunnies, with 22 climbers including her sister Blair, other family members,
and friends. They raised more than $4,200 for the 2014 climb. Her dad lost his battle with lung cancer in May, but that
hasn’t deterred Kristin from setting out to build a bigger team and raise more money for the 2015 campaign.
You can register as an individual, join a team, or start your own team. First responders and the military
form teams consisting of four personnel from the same unit or division who compete in the First Responders and
Military Challenges. The fastest cumulative team time receives awards. The race isn’t conducted wearing their
gear, though competitors are invited to participate wearing gear later in the morning. First responders and military
personnel who wish to participate in one of these challenges can register for those teams. You can organize a team
of family, co-workers, or specialized personnel such as a Law Enforcement or Trade Union team. An awards cere-
mony is held shortly after the last climber is done with top finishers in age-group categories and gender receiving
medals. Top fundraisers also receive awards.
A post-climb celebration is held at the Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill, 16
th
and Arch Streets for climbers, family
and friends who enjoy a specially priced breakfast and lunch menu, as well as other specials. A live feed of the
climb will start showing at 8:30 a.m. for anyone who wishes to watch their loved ones climb.
To register as an individual or start a team, go to
have your questions an-
swers and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Caroline at (610) 941-9595, extension 414, or email
gistration is $25 plus a $100 fundraising minimum. Registration for the 100-floor
Century Climb is $50 plus the same $100 fundraising minimum.
Facts about lung cancer
• Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer
deaths in the U.S., killing roughly twice as
many women as breast cancer each year
since 1987.
• Think lung cancer only affects smok-
ers? Think again. More than two-thirds of
lung-cancer patients never smoked, or quit
years or even decades earlier.
• In the last 35 years, the lung-cancer death
rate has fallen 21% among men while IN-
CREASING 116% among women.
Asthma is the leading cause of missed
school days
Studies have revealed that emergency-room
visits for asthma-related incidences in Phila-
delphia are higher than the national average.
Additional studies have shown that asthma
is greatly impacting Philadelphia children in particular, with
approximately 22% of the area’s children being diagnosed with
asthma — nearly double the national rate. Local Philadelphia
children’s hospitals report that more than 16,000 children make
emergency-room visits for asthma-related incidences each year.
COPD
, which includes emphysema and chronic bron-
chitis, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Contact Information
Caroline Hutchinson, Area Director
American Lung Association in PA
527 Plymouth Road, Suite 415
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: (610) 941.9595; Fax: 1-888-496.5757
Email:
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