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Climbing Des Moines' Skyline

By: Jason Rantala


Soon 1,200 people will climb close to 1,200 stairs in some of Des Moines' tallest buildings.

It's part of the Fight for Air Climb, where profits go to the American Lung Association to benefit things like education and research.

Three buildings, 1,179 steps, 66 flights of stairs... in five minutes?

"It takes the air right out of you," said Doug Corson with Push Pedal Pull.

That's the top speed the climb has seen since expanding to its three building format.

Participants climb the stairs in the EMC Insurance Building, Hub Tower and the Downtown Des Moines' Marriott.

So how do they do it? How could you do it?

"It certainly is a physical challenge but it's something that can be approached by all fitness levels," said Julia McCarville with the American Lung Association in Iowa.

It's important to warm your legs up, that first involves loosening up tight muscles, followed by stretching hamstrings, glutes and hip flexors.

As you might imagine, simulating that stepping movement is important, so long strides on a treadmill and working on an adaptive motion trainer also helps. So does a StairMaster, which probably seems obvious.

Maybe more surprisingly, upper body training is also key. Corson says upper body workouts help with handrail support.

Corson's Push Pedal Pull team will participate next month.

"I think it's wonderful to see the city of Des Moines really become one and come together for a great cause," said Corson.

The Fight for Air Climb is Sunday, March 16th. It's a $25 registration fee.

Participants need to fundraise at least $100 have until the day of the event to sign up.

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