LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — CBS2′s Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein and Sky2′s Mike Case Saturday joined hundreds of others in downtown Los Angeles for the American Lung Association’s 6th annual Fight for Air Climb.
The vertical challenge at the 63-story Aon Center on Wilshire Boulevard began at 9 a.m.
The expected 800 participants scaled nearly 1,400 stairs during the climb with proceeds going toward the fight against lung disease.
“We really enjoy this event. This is our second year. USC has really been behind this to really raise awareness about lung disease, asthma, emphysema, and lung cancer,” said Dr. Dan Oh, a participant.
“It’s really important especially in LA because it’s really efforts by organizations like the American Lung Association that help pass laws that control pollution and outdoor smoking and things like that,” Oh said.
Rubenstein, who has participated in the event in years prior, broke his previous time of twenty minutes by completing the climb in 18 minutes, 40 seconds. Case completed the race in 21 minutes, 30 seconds.
The 850-foot-tall Aon Center is the city’s second tallest skyscraper.