Extreme Stair Climb, Scale the Strat, is on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Stratosphere Tower

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9th Annual Climb benefits American Lung Association in Nevada

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Finish line at the 108th floor of Stratosphere Tower at Scale the Strat 2016.

Every step up this one-of-a-kind Las Vegas landmark moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air,” said Kristina Crawford, executive director of the American Lung Association in Nevada. “This extreme stair climb raises critical funds.

On Sunday, February 26, 2017 an estimated 800 athletes of all abilities will run or walk up all 1,455 steps to the 108th floor of the iconic Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas with the goal of raising money for the American Lung Association in Nevada’s mission of preventing lung disease and promoting lung health.

Registration for Scale the Strat 2017 is now open at http://www.ScaleTheStrat.com. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register early to secure their opportunity to participate. Online registration is $60 per person. In addition to the registration fee, each climber is required to fundraise a minimum of $150 for the American Lung Association in Nevada.

“Every step up this one-of-a-kind Las Vegas landmark moves us forward in the fight for healthy lungs and clean air,” said Kristina Crawford, executive director of the American Lung Association in Nevada. “This extreme stair climb raises critical funds to support research, local patient education and advocacy efforts.”

Now celebrating its ninth year, Scale the Strat is one of more than 50 Fight for Air Climbs held annually in prominent skyscrapers and other buildings across the United States. To date, these signature stair climbs have raised more than $43 million to support the American Lung Association.

“Not only do we open up the stairwells of the iconic Tower for this popular community fundraiser, but year after year the Stratospheric Scalers are one of the largest teams to climb,” said Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower general manager Paul Hobson. “There is no other fundraiser like this in Las Vegas, and we are committed to providing an exceptional experience for all the participants, sponsors and fans.”

Online registration will close on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Climbers may register in person from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. the day of the event, at $75 per climber plus the fundraising minimum.

Start times will be emailed to all registered climbers on Friday, February 24, 2017. Climbers are not permitted to carry anything up the stairwells. Climbers must be at least 18 years old by event date. Those wishing to spend the weekend at Stratosphere can use the code C-ALA17 for special room rates. Book online at http://www.ScaleTheStrat.com.

In 2016, more than 650 climbers participated and helped raise more than $218,000 for the American Lung Association in Nevada. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been the presenting sponsor since the event’s inception, and Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower donates staff, services and use of the facility for this popular event.

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About American Lung Association in Nevada (ALAN):
ALAN has been improving the lives of Nevadans since 1916 when it was founded as the Nevada Tuberculosis Association to combat the devastating disease of tuberculosis (TB). Lung disease is the fourth leading cause of death in America. ALAN provides help and education to people living with asthma, emphysema, and other lung diseases. These diseases are confronted at the root level by educating kids about the dangers of smoking, providing smoking cessation programs, advocating for smoke-free environments, and working to reduce air pollution. Local programs include Open Airways for Schools, Teens Against Tobacco Use, Not On Tobacco, Freedom From Smoking, and Better Breathers Clubs.

About Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower:
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is a Las Vegas Strip resort with an 80,000- square-foot casino. The 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, featuring the Top of the World restaurant and highest view of the Las Vegas Strip from the Observation Deck as well as SkyJump Las Vegas and thrill rides Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity. Known as a great value to gamblers, Stratosphere is located close to the Convention Center at the gateway to downtown Las Vegas. It features 2,427 guest rooms and suites, uniquely themed restaurants, the Tower shops, the original production show PIN UP starring Claire Sinclair, and the Michael Jackson tribute show MJ Live. Additionally, Stratosphere’s ace | PLAY™ program allows players to enjoy awards, comps and exclusives based on their loyalty to American Casino & Entertainment’s four properties: Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower on the Las Vegas Strip, Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada, and two Arizona Charlie’s locations in Las Vegas. For more information, visit StratosphereHotel.com, call 702-380-7777 or 800-99-TOWER (998-6937).

About Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield:
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service, Inc. HMO products underwritten by HMO Colorado, Inc., dba HMO Nevada. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada is available at http://www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at @healthjoinin, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

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