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Acton Residents ‘Fight For Air’ in Boston

A team of locals joined first-responders from all over Massachusetts at the American Lung Association’s charity event this weekend.

Several Acton residents competed for charity at a recent event.
Several Acton residents competed for charity at a recent event.
Written by Danielle Masterson

Three Acton residents climbed over 40 flights of stairs this weekend in the name of charity.

Along with first responders in full turnout gear from all over Massachusetts, the Acton residents climbed the stairs of the BNY Mellon Center on Washington Street in Boston on Saturday as part of the American Lung Association’s annual “Fight For Air” event.

Called a “vertical road race” by organizers, the event raises money and awareness for lung cancer, asthma, air pollution and other breathing disorders.  

Acton residents Jim Snyder-Grant, Linda Schymik, and Leo Hill all participated in the event as a part of Team Koko Fit.

Snyder-Grant placed highest in the Acton group, finishing 38th overall in the group of competitors running in the “Fight For Air” event. Schymik ended up in 190th while Hill was 212th out of more than 1,200 residents.

Ryan Thomson, a Portland, Maine firefighter, won the firefighter division; while Andrew Hashway of Somerville, a part of the Gentle Giant Moving Company team, finished first out of all entrants.

For a complete list of winners, click here.

For a complete list of firefighter winners, click here.

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