Feb 252013

In 2012, 83 Athletes represented CrossFit Palo Alto at last year’s Fight For Air, with over 40% of the gym membership participating in the actual climb, and many, many more contributing with financial support and fundraising.  Together, $31,041 was raised by members of the team. This turned out to be the most money raised by ANY team in the WHOLE COUNTRY!

This year, we are doing it again! Join our team on March 23rd, 2013 and race/walk/climb up 52 stories to the top.

555 California Street rises 779 feet above the pavement; one of the tallest buildings on the West Coast.  Formerly known as The Bank of America Building, it opened in 1979.  Its size and presence symbolized wealth and added an impressive punctuation mark on the skyline of San Francisco.  Its history has boasted of being the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the world headquarters of the Bank of America, and, of course the host site for the Fight For Air.

On Saturday, March 31st, 2012, participants from all over the Bay Area lined up in the hallways of the skyscraper, working their way through the maze toward the stairwells that are normally populated only during building evacuations.

The Task?  Climb 52 stories to the top of the building.

The Reason?  Support the American Lung Association and climb for those who can?t.

The Way?  As fast as possible.

Other CrossFit Affiliates were present at the climb, but CFPA rose to top! Help us do it again this year.

Last years results:

Largest CrossFit Team participating ? 83 Team Members

Most funds raised by CrossFit Affiliate ? $31,041+

Most funds raised by an individual ? $7000+

Most FUN had by ANY team!

It?s easy to be impressed by the CrossFit Palo Alto community.  How often do you get participation in a voluntary event (an uncomfortable event, no less) that exceeds 40 percent of the population?  And even more so, people who are willing to pay for it?  And raise money for it?  And do it all smiling?  Maybe it sounds silly.  Like asking someone to pay to row a 2k for fun on a Saturday morning.

But it wasn’t silly at all.  It was meaningful.  And very real.  And everyone celebrated it together.  Some people added themselves at the last minute. There were others whose motivation was to support the cause itself, raising awareness and funds for those who fight for air.  But regardless, the morning started the same for just about all of the participants:  an early alarm on a rainy Saturday morning, a drive up to the city, standing in the rain, legs burning as they reached the top of the climb, and all so that they could participate in an event with their teammates, their friends.  Each one of them proud to pass the test of the day.

Please join us this year and experience new heights to your capacity.

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