Climbing stairs to fight lung disease

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 27, 2013) - The American Lung Association is excited to present the fourth annual competitive stairclimb, Fight for Air Climb, in Little Rock today, April 27.

    This fun athletic event will challenge participants to run and climb around War Memorial Stadium/AT&T Field, Home of the Arkansas Razorbacks, for a great cause. This is more than your same-old 5K, this includes a vertical race throughout the entire football stadium.

    "We are very excited to announce a new venue for 2013," said Maxine Webb, Development Manager for the American Lung Association. "Participants can now opt to climb more than 700 stairs inside of the stadium or run/walk a 5K course through the Little Rock Zoo."

    The American Lung Association has partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Little Rock to bring their National Healthy Kids Day to the event. The entirety of AT&T Field will be dedicated to children's activities, including a Zumbathon. The Fight for Air Climb in Little Rock has been endorsed by the Governor's Council on Fitness.

    Stairclimbs are emerging athletic competitions that take participants beyond the average run/walk event. These "vertical marathons" are growing in popularity and Little Rock is leading the way by hosting this one-of-a-kind event. Participants can compete in the Fight for Air Climb as individuals or as teams. All participants will have their time calculated through an electronic chip-timing system. Teams will have the ability to start the race together and support one another during the climb.

    A special component of the event this year will be the addition of "lung champions." Lung Champions are a special group of people who have been personally affected by lung disease. Tonya Hill, a lung cancer patient, is one of these Champions.

    "On my 44th birthday, I started my first chemo treatment," said Hill. "Awareness is so important to me. We should all do our part in helping smokers become smokefree, as I am very much aware of how hard it is to quit on your own. It took the words, 'you have cancer' for me to finally quit, and I will never pick it up again."

    Through team sponsorships and donations, Fight for Air Climb participants will support the American Lung Association's fight against lung disease. Proceeds from Fight for Air Climb will help find cures, protect clean air and promote smokefree kids.

    For more information about the Fight for Air Climb, visit www.FightForAirClimb.org or call Maxine Webb at 501-975-0758 x200.

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