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While most of us were eating lunch on Wednesday, tennis legend and AARP ambassador Martina Navratilova was climbing 55 flights of stairs and ascending 950 ft. at the Bank of America Tower in New York City. Why? She was promoting her fundraising climb in December. In less than 25 days, she will climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.
Martina Navratilova Climb Training

Martina makes the climb. Credit: Getty Images

Martina will undertake her mountaineering challenge December 6-12, leading a group of 28 climbers to the summit of Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a charity which supports community sports projects around the world which have helped to improve the lives of over one million young people.
As Martina reached the top of the Bank of America Tower, she said: “That was a tough climb! But the views from the top are well worth it. It has also proved to me that my Kilimanjaro training is going well, and I feel fit and healthy ahead of the main challenge in December. I hope everyone will support me by donating to www.laureus.com.”
Martina Navratilova at top of Bank of America building

Martina and her team reach the top of the Bank of America building in NYC. Credit: Getty Images

We’re cheering you on Martina!
Read our Q&A with Martina and stay tuned for updates during the climb. We’ll be blogging it here, covering it on AARP.org/Martina, tweeting it and updating you via Facebook. If we’re lucky, Martina might even send us a YouTube video update!

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