24 hour world record stair climb attempt coming soon!

JACKSONVILLE, FL – On January 4, 2013 four elite stair climbers will repeatedly ascend 42 flights of stairs at the Bank of America Tower in a never-been-done-before 24 hour endurance event, raising awareness about lung diseases and promoting the Fight For Air Climb Jacksonville on February 2, 2013.

The team hopes to collectively climb over 5,000 floors in 24 hours. If successful, they will have climbed over 100,000 stairs, which is equivalent to more than twice up Mt Everest. All four climbers attempting this feat are elite athletes, each with their own personal success in the fitness industry.

Mark Trahanovsky, 53 years old from Yorba Linda, California is the creator of the USA Stair Climb Association. He is also the founder of the West Coast Labels stair racing team, which is the fastest stair climb team in the world. Mark is ranked among top 50 stair climbers in the world and has competed in over 40 stair races in the past ten years.

PJ Glassey, 46 years old from Seattle, Washington is ranked among the top 10 U.S. tower climbers, is owner of the X Gyms, has authored the book of  “Cracking Your Calorie Code” and is the creator of the X Gym workout DVD.

Kacie Fischer Cleveland, 27 years old from Ponte Vedra, Florida was ranked among the top 10 female tower runners in the world in 2010 and 2011. Cleveland recently broke a World Record inline skating more than 2,800 miles across the USA.

Kristin Frey, 28 years old from Schaumburg, Illinois has been ranked among the top 3 female tower runners in the world since 2010 and has qualified for the Boston Marathon 10 times.

“We’re climbing on behalf of those who can’t,” says Trahanovsky. “The majority of the stair climb races in the U.S. are organized by the American Lung Association and we are so thankful for everything they do!”

The Fifth Annual Fight for Air Climb Jacksonville, benefiting the American Lung Association, is the only competitive stair climb on the First Coast and is held in the city’s tallest building consisting of 42 floors (838 steps). This year’s climb event will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Bank of America Tower in downtown Jacksonville. “It’s an honor to be able to promote such a worthy cause and inaugural race with a world record attempt like this,” says Kacie.

Those who wish to participate in the Fight For Air Climb Jacksonville on February 2, 2013 can register today at www.ClimbJax.org.  For questions or information on the Fight For Air Climb Jacksonville, please contact Nicola Barnack at nbarnack@lungfla.org.