April 9, 20229:00 a.m. MST


Firefighter Training AcademyAlbuquerque, NM view on map


Victoria ByrdVictoria.Byrd@lung.org505-814-7554

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We're taking the Fight For Air Climb outdoors so we can come together safely and enjoy the day.

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Climb Higher in 2022

Whether you're new to stair-climbing or a veteran Climber, you can choose your adventure—how you climb is up to you:

  • climb for the top time
  • race for your personal best
  • take it at your own pace

We have participant options for every type of Climber, including special categories for EMTs, First Responders and Firefighters.

Where You'll Be Climbing

The 2022 Albuquerque Fight For Air Climb will be held at historic Firefighter Training Academy. Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the city skyline and the best set of stairs this side of the Mississippi. The Albuquerque Training Academy is the perfect setting for a day of fun, challenge and camaraderie.

As the trusted champion of lung health, the American Lung Association closely follows CDC guidance related to COVID-19. Our COVID-19 safety protocols may shift in response to updated COVID-19 local conditions and local ordinances. When the local community spread referenced on the CDC map is high, shown in orange, masks are encouraged in high traffic areas. The American Lung Association reserves the right to adjust safety protocols, up to seven days prior, based on CDC guidance and/or venue, state, and local ordinances.



Do Good, Feel Great

  • You are supporting people with lung disease who are fighting for every breath.
  • You are stepping up for clean air across the country and in your community.
  • You are doing something positive for yourself and for people in need.

Health Benefits

  • Improves balance and coordination.
  • Strengthens more major muscles, including your glutes… you’re welcome!
  • Consistent stair climbing as a daily activity helps lower mortality risk.

What You Get

  • Every climber receives an official Fight For Air Climb t-shirt.
  • A sense of accomplishment in a supportive, celebratory atmosphere.
  • A safe, enjoyable event experience with a complimentary pick-me-up snack and water.

Together We've Raised…

  • Raised:

    Goal: $85,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Personal Gift Gabe Nims - $1,560.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Ryan Cangiolosi - $1,000.00
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Julie Wilder - $1,000.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift John Waller - $699.00
    5. Milestone Personal Gift Tammy Rocker - $630.00
    6. Personal Gift Juanita Najera - $515.00
    7. Milestone Personal Gift Dona Upson - $465.00
    8. Milestone Veronica Bruce - $340.00
    9. Milestone Personal Gift Lisa Cochran - $325.00
    10. Milestone Kimberly Thomason - $325.00

    Top Teams

      1. Team HMS - $2,095.00
      2. Kindred Climbers - $1,498.00
      3. Climbing Stairs for Pals - $1,390.00
      4. PNM Resources - $1,200.00
      5. 2021 Chairman's Challenge - $1,000.00
      6. Sandia Prep - $810.00
      7. New2ABQ&Climbing2 - $799.00
      8. Rio Rancho Fire Rescue - $665.00
      9. Upson Downs - $665.00
      10. New Mexico Solar Storm - $450.00

      Why We Need You in the Fight

      In March of 2020, the American Lung Association launched a $25 million initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics. At the same time, we're continuing our advocacy work to support clean air and redoubling our long-term commitments to lifesaving research.

      Over the last 12 years, the Climbers have raised more than $71 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

      Join us. Because Every Step Counts and every step makes a difference.


      Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

      Kindred Healthcare  UNM Health Molina Healthcare Rickert Property Group BCBS of NM NMPFFA Albuquerque Fire Rescue NM Smile Center

      Firefighter of the Year Award Sponsor


      Media Sponsors

        KRQE 13 The CW  FOX New Mexico 

      Food Trucks

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      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


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