On Saturday, June 7, the American Lung Association of the Northeast will host its annual Fight for Air Climb in Bennington at the historic Bennington Battle Monument. The Fight for Air Climb challenges participants to reach the top of the historic building – 438 steps – to raise money in support of efforts to fight lung disease and support clean air initiatives. Registration begins at 9 a.m. More than 100 people, including several teams of firefighters who will climb dressed in turnout gear, are expected. The event will be held rain or shine. The Lung Association will also honor four local individuals who have helped to raise awareness on issues of lung health through their positive examples and community outreach: Kathy Carrier, Gwen Hannan and Jordyn Upright of Bennington and Judy Brownell of Eagle Bridge, N.Y.

The event is open to people of all fitness levels; race, run, or walk up the stairs. Firefighters will compete in full gear during the separate Firefighter Challenge. An awards ceremony will be held afterward at the Bennington Fire Department at 130 River Street, Bennington, Vt. Awards will be given to the fastest male and female climbers and firefighters in several age categories. There will also be awards for the fastest teams, as well as awards for the top individual and team fundraisers. Everyone who raises the recommended $100 minimum will receive an official 2014 Bennington Fight for Air Climb t-shirt. Register at fightforairclimb.org. The registration fee is just $35 in advance; $50 the day of the event. For information, email [email protected]

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