The annual event is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association where participants climb up 34 flights of stairs to help fight lung disease.
Firefighters have the added “benefit” of wearing their full firefighting gear and air packs, which adds about 50 plus pounds.
This year, the Westport Firefighters raised just over $900.00 for the American Lung Association with the help of JoyRide Cycling Studio, located at 1200 Post Road East in Westport. On October 27, JoyRide hosted a benefit for the Westport Firefighters Stair Climb Team. The hour-long spin class was able to raise over $500 for the team as well as give everyone attending a great hour of cardiovascular exercise.
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“The entire team is very grateful to JoyRide Cycling for helping us. This is the first year our Stair Climb Team has had a benefit such as this and we plan on making it an annual event,” said Team Captain Benjamin Racho, “Aside from actually climbing stairs, spinning and cycling is one of the best ways to train for these stair climbs.”
Next year the Firefighters Stair Climb team will be competing at the Hartford 21 Building and the Trump Parc building in Stamford and may even field a team for the Stair Climb in Boston.
“These climbs and the American Lung Association are important to us as firefighters. Our risk of lung disease is far more than anyone else because of the work we do, even with all the advancements in our personal protective gear. Any way we can help to prevent it, is a benefit to everyone,” Racho said.