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CINCINNATI - People have often said Carew Tower is breathtaking but Sunday gave a whole new meaning to the phrasing.

The "Fight for Air Climb" was held at the downtown building that has 45 flights of stairs. Participants climbed the 804 stairs at the second tallest building in Cincinnati to help increase lung disease awareness and fund programs run by the American Lung Association.

Several local firefighters took part in the stairclimb challenge wearing full gear.

According to the American Lung Association website, stairclimb events are sweeping across the country and making their mark worldwide because of their unique qualities and the athletic challenge they provide.

"From Australia to the Czech Republic and from the West to the East Coast, you'll be sure to find one on any given weekend. The event is seeing tremendous success because of its uniqueness and its test of one's physical strength, stamina and lung power. At the start line, you'll find marathoners looking for a new way to challenge themselves, corporate executives climbing to build camaraderie within their office, couch potatoes wanting to kick-off the new year by getting in shape, and a family tackling the stairs in honor or in memory of someone affected by lung disease."

More information on the event is available at the following link . You can find additional information on the American Lung Association at .

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