Boston – The American Lung Association wants you step up and fight for air at the 7th annual Race Up Boston Place stairclimb event Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. Experience the climb of your life while you tackle the 41 floors, containing 789 stairs, of One Boston Place in the Mellon Financial Building. Standing at 601 feet tall, it is the 4th largest building in all of Boston. Whether snow or shine, participants will climb. More than 1,000 climbers took to the stairs in 2011, to support the mission of the American Lung Association.
All athletic abilities are welcome; climbers can either walk or race to the top. Form a team or climb as an individual. Teams can be corporate, friends and family, or members of the community. Awards will be given out to the fastest male and female climbers, as well as for fundraising, at the post-event celebration and awards ceremony. Not up to the vertical challenge? Sign up as a volunteer – you can still raise money that funds lung disease research, advocacy, and programs in your very own community.
Fire departments from all over New England will take part in the firefighter competition, dressed in head-to-toe gear, air tanks and all. Sign your local fire department up and give them the chance to take home the coveted trophy, and secure bragging rights. In 2011, more than 40 fire departments competed in the challenge.
Registration for Race Up Boston Place opens Thursday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. There is a $35 registration fee for the event, as well as a $100 fund-raising minimum. Register by Oct. 31 using early bird code ebne52 for $10 off your registration fee and receive an early bird T-shirt. For more information, contact Erin Hickey at 781-314-9005 or [email protected]. To find out more about the American Lung Association of New England, visit www.lungne.org.