“Boppers” to climb 36-story building for Riley Hospital

INDIANAPOLIS (January 16, 2015) – At the 32nd annual Bop to the Top this Saturday, January 17, dedicated competitors will climb 780 stairs, 515 feet, and 36 floors of the OneAmerica building in downtown Indianapolis to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Donations collected beyond the registration fee support clinical care and pediatric medical research at Riley Hospital, Indiana’s only nationally ranked and comprehensive children’s hospital. Last year, participants combined to raise $9,000 for Riley Hospital.

For some, Bop to the Top is a personal mission.

Mark and Amy Simmonds began Team Logan to honor the memory of their son, Logan, who passed away 10 years ago at the age of 2 months. This will be the seventh year Team Logan has participated in Bop to the Top. “We designate Team Logan donations towards the Riley Hospital ECMO (infant heart-lung bypass) unit which was responsible for giving our son a chance to survive past the delivery room. Without this life-support system, many sick babies would not have a chance to fight their illnesses like Logan did. We are grateful for the 52 days we got to spend with our courageous son,” said Team Logan.

WHAT:     32nd annual Bop to the Top benefiting Riley Hospital for Children
WHEN:     Saturday, January 17 (Event time: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Awards: 12:30 p.m.) 
WHERE:   OneAmerica Tower; Downtown Indianapolis
*MEDIA NOTE: Media may take the elevator to the 36th floor for finish line action.

Bop to the Top Registration:
Participants may register for Bop to the Top on the day of the race. Event details are available at tuxbro.com/. Prizes will award top finishers and top fundraisers. Boppers who complete the 36-floor challenge also receive a t-shirt. Athletic Annex Indiana, Indy Eleven, Bicycle Garage Indy, Runners Forum and American Dairy Association Indiana serve as event sponsors.

  • Individual – $30 (ages 13 and over); $25 (ages 12 and under)
  • Teams – $31 per person. Compete in one of seven categories: open, coed, all-female, firefighters, family, collegiate, or masters.
  • Triple-Step Division – $45. Participants will climb the tower three times, and their times will be added together for a total time. Triple-steppers will have three hours to complete all three climbs.

About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org.


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