Finish Line in the Sky

Benefit sporting events are often good ways to raise money, awareness, and heart rates at the same time. But today’s Fight for Air Climb offers participants more than just a cardio workout and a t-shirt. It ends with a dynamite view of the city not available to the public since 2010 — if you can make it, that is. The climb is what we’d call “extreme vertical” — a trip up the 1,197 stairs and 52 floors of 555 California Street, which most of us will always call the Bank of America building. It’s one of the city’s three tallest buildings, and the top floor was long home to the Carnelian Room restaurant. The event is put on by the American Lung Association, which says lung disease is the country’s third-leading cause of death — more common than breast, colorectal, prostate, and pancreatic cancer combined. It affects men and women in equal numbers. Like other benefits, participants get sponsors to raise money based on their performance. We’re not sure whether the donations are calculated per step, but after a while you might want to just stop counting and repeat “Almost there. Almost there. Almost there ...”
Sat., March 31, 8 a.m., 2012

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