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"Boppers" to climb 36-story building raising money for Riley Hospital

The 34th annual Bop to the Top on Saturday, January 21, will bring “boppers” to downtown Indianapolis to run a continuous vertical climb to the top of the OneAmerica Tower, raising money for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. 

In a sport where no special gear is necessary and you can burn more calories than other aerobic sports in half the time, you can raise money for Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s research hospital. Here’s how you can help: 

  • Set up a fundraising page through Team Riley, a program where you can compete in an athletic event and raise funds for Riley Children’s Foundation. 
  • Register for Bop to the Top. A portion of each registration fee goes to Riley Children’s Foundation. Registration for Bop to the Top will also be available race day beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Attend the event and donate directly at the Riley Children’s Foundation table. 

Throughout its history the event has raised over $500,000 for Riley. Funds raised this year will support the most urgent and emerging needs at Riley Hospital. Riley cares for the sickest of the sick children with one of the highest acuity rates of all children’s hospitals. Bop to the Top attracts people of all ages including firefighters, family, community and corporate teams and celebrity boppers and mascots. Special participants include: 

  • Eric Halvorson, Manager of Public Affairs, The Kroger Co. 
  • Ann Marie Shambaugh, Managing Editor at Current Publishing
  • Emily Longnecker, General Assignment Reporter, WTHR
  • Buttercup, American Dairy Association mascot
  • Zeke, Indy Eleven mascot
  • Michael “Smitty” Smith, co-owner Runners Forum, 4x Hawaii Ironman finisher

WHAT: 34th annual Bop to the Top benefiting Riley Hospital for Children                                

WHEN: Saturday, January 21
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Participants run up the tower individually, one being released every twenty seconds.) Awards are at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: OneAmerica Tower, One American Square, Indianapolis, IN  46282

*MEDIA NOTE: Media may take the elevator to the 36th floor for finish line action.

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