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Volunteers take a big climb for the American Lung Association

By | Posted - Feb. 26, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Firefighters, runners and members of the community huffed and puffed their way up a Salt Lake City skyscraper Saturday.

It works your lungs -- the whole body. You're beat by the time you get up.

–Jeff Griffen

Fire crews wearing 60 pounds of gear cheered as they led the charge up the 598 steps of the Wells Fargo Building downtown. Every year, dozens of people wake up early for the Fight for Air Climb -- an event that's definitely earned its name.

"It works your lungs -- the whole body," said engineer Jeff Griffen with Hill Air Force Base. "You're beat by the time you get up."

Natalie Sullivan took the challenge to a new level.

"I did it twice," she said. "I thought I was going to die the first time then I gave it 15 minutes and did it again. It was fun."

Those who fought for air helped raise more than $50,000 for the American Lung Association.



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