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WCPO's Evan Millward is climbing 804 steps as part of the Fight for Air stair climb

Posted at 10:59 AM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-12 07:53:51-05

CINCINNATI -- This running story is more of a climbing story.

On Sunday, hundreds of participants will climb the steps of the Carew Tower Downtown for the Fight For Air to benefit the American Lung Association.

The stair climb covers 804 steps up 45 floors of the building. This week 9 On Your Side Reporter Evan Millward previewed the event. Here is that story:

 

Millward is also running the stairs this Sunday for the first time.

“I feel like I am going to be OK, but 804 steps is a lot,” Millward said.

Millward ran the Flying Pig Relay last year and has been a regular in the Christian Moerlein Beer Series.

When former WCPO employee Larry Shields asked him to join a team for the Carew Tower climb in honor of his mother, Millward could not say no.

“I learned how terrible (lung) disease is and how hard it was for her whole family to watch the progression over the years,” Millward said.

Evan Millward with WCPO social media producer Libby Cunningham

There are 51 climbs at prominent skyscrapers across the county. The events are the biggest fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

The events have taken place for more than a decade, collectively raising more than $40 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

“The American Lung Association supports all lung disease issues -- we're talking about diseases that often have no cure and little treatment, and affect about 35 million Americans,” Millward said.

Good luck to all of those running/climbing Sunday and while it’s a long way to the top, you won’t have to worry about the weather.

Other Running Notes:

I saw this post this week from the Tri-State Running Company. 

Happy Long Run this weekend.