Fight for Air Climb - New Year, New You Print
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Written by Julia McCarville   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:42

Your goal this new year? Climb!

Des Moines, IA (December 3, 2012) – Resolve to embrace a new you this new year.  Give yourself a tangible fitness and weight loss goal: climb one, two or three buildings in downtown Des Moines when you sign up for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb on Sunday April 7, 2013.

“Thousands of Iowans will resolve to lose weight and get in shape this New Year,” said Micki Sandquist, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Iowa.  “Signing up and training for the Fight for Air Climb is a strong motivator to get to the gym and a fun way to diversify your workout. It’s also a great way to remind ourselves of what most of us take for granted – our ability to breathe easily.”

The Fight for Air Climb is a unique event held at three buildings in downtown Des Moines: EMC Insurance Companies, Hub Tower and the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. This event is a great way to challenge yourself – whether your goal is to reach the top or to be the first to cross the finish line – you will walk away with a newfound respect for your lungs!

Participants can climb at their own pace, as an individual or team.  There is a special division for law enforcement and firefighters.

“If you’ve resolved to make fitness a bigger part of your life in the New Year, I recommend you take the first step today by signing up for the Fight for Air Climb,” said Sandquist. “Simply by taking the stairs every day, studies show that it is a very efficient way of burning maximum calories, and is great for those of us with limited time to exercise.”

Early bird registration, available until January 31 is $15; after that date it is $25.  A minimum $100 fundraising is required.  Participants can register at

About the American Lung Association:

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit


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