Climb. Conquer. Cure.

The fifth annual Big D Climb, the first and largest stair climb in North Texas, presented by Ivie and Associates, is set to take place January 26, at Fountain Place, in Dallas, to raise money for the North Texas Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their effort to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s

disease and myeloma. The Big Climb has set a fundraising goal for 2013 of $200,000.

Around 1,500 climbers will tackle 52 flights of stairs (1,040 steps), beginning at 8 a.m., competing individually or as a team. Water stations are positioned throughout the climb. Climbers must bring a photo ID and parking is free in the Fountain Place lot.

All registered participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, training recommendations from the personal trainers at 24 Hour Fitness and a pass to train at a 24 Hour Fitness location near them. Awards will be given to individual climbers and teams at the post-climb party for the best time in their age categories and for most funds raised. Families and friends are invited, but must remain on the first floor, due to limited space.

Fee is $45/$60 after Jan. 18. Location: 1445 Ross Ave., Dallas. For more information, call 972-996-5915 or visit BigDClimb.org.

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