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Gym Steps Up to Assist in Stamford Charity Climb

STAMFORD, Conn. – Standing about 350 feet tall, Trump Parc towers over the rest of Stamford and makes taking the elevator an easy choice. But that won’t be an option in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air. Participants in the fundraiser will have to climb 588 stairs to the roof.

Knowing how daunting this task is, Michael Carozza has offered the services of his gym, Carozza Fitness , to train people who want to participate but don’t know if they can make it to the top. Classes will be $10, a Carozza Fitness press release said.

“It’s a good way to give back to those who really need it,” Carozza said. In addition to offering training, the fitness studio will put together a team made up of trainers and members to climb Trump Parc .

Carozza, who is dedicated to supporting health-related causes, has found that having gym members and trainers participate as a group fosters togetherness. The former private trainer says he missed the bonds that can be created with group activities.

“I forgot what it was like to be in a community, where everyone knows each other,” he said.

The race will have three classes of entrants. The first will include competitive racers and elite runners, followed by walkers. The third group will be made up of firefighters from all over New England, in full gear, competing for the Firefighter Trophy.

Fight for Air takes place Saturday, Nov. 5, with an after-party to follow at SBC Restaurant and Brewery. There is a registration fee of $35 and each participant must raise a minimum of $100 in donations, the release said.

Contact reporter Anthony Buzzeo by email .

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