March 26, 20238:00 AM (CT)


Downtown Des MoinesDes Moines, IA view on map


Heather JohnsonEventsIA@Lung.org515-802-3195


Join us for the 20th Anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb - Des Moines and our return to the Buildings!

Our Fight For Air Climb is designed for every type of climber, from beginners to competitive climbers.

How you climb is up to you: race to the top or take it at your own speed.

Assemble your crew: for the best Climb experience, form a team of friends and family, coworkers or neighbors.

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Where you'll be climbing

The 2023 Fight For Air Climb - Des Moines, presented by EMC Insurance Companies will once again be a four building climb in the following Downtown Des Moines buildings:

  • EMC Insurance Companies | 15 Floors | 371 Steps
  • The Financial Center | 22 Floors | 464 Steps
  • The Financial Center (2nd time) | 22 Floors | 464 Steps
  • Ruan | 32 Floors | 637 Steps
  • Total of 91 Floors and 1,936 Steps


Space on the stairs is limited, so save your spot and register today.

Registration Fees:
$25 Thru Jan 31
$35 Feb 1 - Mar 25

Please note there is a $100 fundraising minimum for all climbers to participate at Downtown Des Moines on March 26, 2023


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: $298,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Personal Gift Michelle Shetler - $715.00
    2. Milestone Lindsey Good - $670.00
    3. Milestone Katie Faeth - $390.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift Rosemary Geiken - $350.00
    5. Milestone Denise Waddingham - $335.00
    6. Milestone Laurie Pruitt - $320.00
    7. Milestone Don Mudge - $285.00
    8. Milestone Personal Gift Jean Rommes - $250.00
    9. Milestone Personal Gift Dominique Zelman - $250.00
    10. Milestone Personal Gift Buzz Hoffman - $200.00

    Top Teams

      1. Ann's Army - $915.00
      2. Team Anderson Boys - $845.00
      3. Altoona Farrells Extreme Bodyshaping - $750.00
      4. Que sera, Sara - $650.00
      5. Farrell's Waukee - $580.00
      6. Team Marcia, Marcia, Marcia - $570.00
      7. Team DMACC - $500.00
      8. Kevin's Krazy Klimbing Krew - $350.00
      9. Earlham FD - $285.00
      10. Broadlawns Medical Center - $200.00

      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.

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      Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

      Presenting Sponsor

      EMC Insurance Companies

      Event Sponsor

      The Iowa Clinic

      Event Sponsors

      Unity Point Clinic Van Meter Inc Otis

      Contributing Sponsors

      Above + Beyond Cancer Scott Insurance Services Broadlawns Medical Center Polk County Turner Construction

      Building Partners

      Wellmark YMCA EMC Insurance Companies Financial Center, Lawmark Capital Ruan

      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


      Become a Sponsor

      National Corporate Team Partner

      Kindred Hospitals

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