New Year’s Resolutions Sometimes Need a Kick Start: Try Climbing the 1001 Fannin Building  

Hundreds of Fight For Air Climb participants will scale 48 floors of stairs in this unique endurance event

HOUSTON (Jan.1, 2018) – Kick your New Year’s resolutions into high gear with a climb up the 1001 Fannin Building. Winter workouts don’t need to be mundane, and putting a milestone in sight will keep you sticking to your goals during the cold months of winter.  A unique endurance event, the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb is 48 floors – 1,062 steps – up the 1001 Fannin Building on March 24. Participants can scale the building individually or as a team.

The American Lung Association’s annual fundraiser is a reminder that breathing should not be an uphill battle, even though 3, 559, 000 people in Texas live with lung diseases, such asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Hundreds of supporters will be climbing for friends and loved ones who suffer from lung diseases, and to raise funds for clean air and lung disease research, education and advocacy.

“This race is truly an exhilarating experience for both running and fitness enthusiasts, as well as our participants that are suffering from a lung disease,” said Katie Jones, executive director of the American Lung Association in Texas – Houston.  “And is a reminder that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.”

Local firefighters will be showing their support at the end of the event by climbing to the top in full firefighter gear – helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack – weighing over 45 pounds.  Firefighters have an increased risk for lung disease from the exposure to gases, chemicals and smoke in the line of duty.

The American Lung Association in Texas’ 2018 Fight For Air Climb is sponsored by Kindred Healthcare, John P. McGovern Foundation and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Transplant Services.  Fight For Air Climb Registration is $25 per participant and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information or to register, contact Michelle Sampson at 713-476-9882 or visit