One Seneca Tower sits empty, awaiting an owner to come up with a plan of action. But that doesn’t mean that the building is completely dead. Each year, for one day only, hundreds of people climb the 38 floors (844 stairs) in order to raise money for the American Lung Association.
Across the nation, the Fight for Air Climb does a bang-up job at rallying foot soldiers to support a worthy cause. Buffalo, it turns out, has quickly become one of the strongest communities to rally around the stair climbing effort. While other cities rely on corporations to generate the needed support, it is the citizens of Buffalo that come out in droves, which makes this city truly unique.
To add to the excitement of the event, Buffalo firefighters will race to the top of the tower dressed in full gear, while competing for top honors.
For the rest of the competitive climbers*, leisurely walkers, and middle of the road hikers, the way it works is simple. The participants contribute $35 for registering with the event, and are then asked to raise a minimum of $100 via sponsorships.
Of course an event of this unusual nature brings out the best in competitors and supporters. Thankfully Buffalo’s tallest building is able to not only accommodate the participants, but challenge them along the way.
Fight for Air Climb | Saturday, March 14, 2015 | American Lung Association of the Northeast
*Awards are awarded for the top 3 male and females in several age divisions.