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How Do I Register?
Choose an appropriate option under “sign up” section on the left side of the page.
For instructions on how to register, click here.

What is Fight For Air Climb?
Fight for Air Climbs are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association. They usually happen in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, with you challenging yourself or you racing against other people, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends. We know a lot about lung disease, but there is so much we don't know. Your participation will raise the funds necessary to provide life saving education, research and advocacy so we can beat lung disease and soon find a cure.

Is There a Team Registration and/or Participant Fee?
There is no fee to register a team, but each person registering for the Climb is required to pay a fee to participate.
$25 through 4/5/13
$30 on day of event

Is There a Fundraising Minimum?
Yes, $100 (in addition to the registration fee). But don't worry, it's easier than you think to raise $100. Ask 10 friends for $10 or start by sponsoring yourself $25, then getting 3 other sponsors for $25. Coaching packets and trainings are available. Please contact our office at 213-384-5864 for more details or click here to be taken to the Fundraising Tips page.

What Happens If I Don't Reach My $100 Minimum?
If you have not raised your $100 minimum by the day of the Climb, we will ask you if you are prepared to pay the difference. You will not be allowed to climb if you have not raised $100 and unprepared to turn in the difference on the day of event.

How Do My Donations Help?
With the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association in California saves lives by fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air. Today, our fight is more important than ever. Eighty-one cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy. To learn more, visit www.lung.org/california

Where Do I Send My Donations?
You can send your donations to:
American Lung Association in California
Attn: Fight For Air Climb
3325 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Please make checks payable to: American Lung Association
Click here for a pledge form to make your donation collection process easy.

What is a Team Captain?
Being a team captain is easy. Captains gather together a few friends or family members and encourage them to participate in the event together. Each team captain helps to coordinate the online registration of these friends as well as setting a goal for the team overall. Team Captains should encourage their participants to personalize their fundraising pages, send e-mails to other friends and family, hit their overall goals, show up to the event and have a great time. Some team captains organize gatherings before or after the climb for their team members, but this is not required. Sometimes the team captain serves as a representative at the annual event kickoff luncheon. In short, we need help to rally the troops and the best people for the job are always our team captains.
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How Long is the Climb?
The AON Center is the 2nd tallest building in Los Angeles, standing 858 feet. 63 stories (finishing on the roof) or 1,391 steps. If you can walk a 5k, you can complete this climb.

Do I Have to Walk Back Down the Stairs Once I Get to the Top?
You will have to climb down a couple set of stairs to reach the elevator on floor 61, then you’ll enjoy a relaxing ride back down to Hope Street in the elevator.

How Much Time Will I Have at the Top to Enjoy the View?
You will have only a few minutes to enjoy the view from the top while catching your breathe and having your picture taken. With close to 900 people expected, we want to ensure the safety of each participant, as well as follow the rules of the fire department and control the amount of people on the roof.

What Time Should I Be There?
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. First wave of climbers start at 9:00 a.m. We ask that you arrive 45 minutes before your wave time. This gives you time to check your gear, warm up and find your team. Start times will be assigned the week prior to the event and will be posted online, as well as emailed to you. Each participant will also be assigned a "wave number" along with their start time. It is important to remember both your start time and wave. Teams will receive the same start time and wave number.

How do I prepare physically for this event?
Did you know that stair climbing improves the fitness level of each participant and burns more calories than walking or running. To climb successfully, the American Lung Association strongly urges all participants to train before embarking on the ascent. To help you prepare, we have assembled a Fitness Training Guide with tips, exercises, and a complete training schedule to help you do your best.

Practice climbs in the Aon Center will begin in January 2013, and be available to registered climbers only. You will be able to climb floors 4-55 and see, first hand, what you’ll be up against on April 6, 2013. Download the Practice Climb Flyer for more details.

Where Should I Park?
Parking is available for $5 at 637 Wilshire Blvd. Entrance to the garage is between Hope St. and S. Grand Ave. Payment method is cash only. Exact change preferred.

What Do I Bring With Me on the Day of the Event?

  • Any fundraising dollars you have collected and not yet turned in. If you are the captain of the team and turning in donations for your entire team, please sort the donations by team member.
  • Credit card if you have not met your $100 minimum. We will ask to hold a credit care number on file to cover the minimum you have not met in order to climb.
  • You may wish to bring a bottle of water, but we will have plenty to drink at the event.
  • Wear sunscreen depending on the conditions for the day
  • Most importantly, please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!

Is There a Gear Check for Items I Don't Want to Climb With?
Yes. You may check in your personal belongings you don't want to carry up with you on the Climb. In the interest of time and organization, please bring only necessary items with you to the Climb to keep our gear check as minimal as possible. With an expected 900 people we want to be mindful of your belongings and of your time.
Gear check will be located inside the Aon Center on the ground level Zen Garden. It will open at 8:00am and close at 1:00pm. Any leftover items can be claimed at the American Lung Association offices, or call 213-384-5864.

Are Water Bottles Allowed While Climbing?
No. Due to safety concerns, water bottles are not allowed in the building while you climb. Water stations are available for you every 10 floors as well as the top and bottom of the tower.

Where Do I Get My Timing Chip?
Timing chips are given out the day of the Climb in the registration area. The chips are NOT disposable, therefore they will be collected at the conclusion of your climb.

Will There Be A Packet Pick Up Before The Climb?
Yes, you may pick your climb timing chip, bib and event t-shirt on Friday April 5, 2013 on the ML level of the Aon Center between 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Will My Team Be Climbing Together?
All climbers are given start times based on your registration date.  Each participant will also be assigned a "wave number" along with their start time. It is important to remember both your start time and wave. Teams will receive the same start time and wave number. Firefighters, climbing in full gear will go first, followed by elite climbers, sponsor teams, general teams and last individuals.

How Long Will it Take to Reach The Top?
It depends on your fitness level and how much you trained for the event. The fastest climbers take anywhere from 8 ½ to 13 minutes. The average climber takes 20-25 minutes, and we even have a few who take their time and finish is 45+ minutes.
The good news is, there is no pressure. You can take each stair at your own pace, we just ask you stay to the right so the faster climbers can pass you.

Are Pets Allowed?
Not in the stairwell or the building, but they are more than welcomed in the festival area on Hope St.

Can My Family Come Watch Me Climb?
Unfortunately, we do not allow spectators in the building. The good news is we have a large viewing screen in the plaza showing live feed of the stairwell climbers ascend. Your family is welcome to wait for you in the festival area on Hope St. and watch you on the big screen!

Los Angeles, CA 2013 Fight for Air Climb