Is there a team registration and/or participation fee?
There is no fee to register a team, but each person registering for the Climb is required to pay a $25 fee to participate.
How do I sign up?
Visit the "Sign Up" section on the main page and select the option that is most appropriate to you. To find step-by-step instruction guides, click here.
Is there a fundraising minimum?
Yes, $100 (in addition to the registration fee). But don't worry, raising $100 is easier than you think. Ask 10 friends for $10 or start by making a $25 sponsorship to yourself, then get 3 other sponsors for $25. Coaching packets and trainings are available. Please contact our office at (510) 638-5864 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, the participant will be asked to make up the balance, either via credit card, check or cash. You will not be allowed to Climb if you have not raised $100 and are unprepared to turn in the difference on the day of the event. No exceptions!
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. Click here to read inspiring stories of Why We Climb.
Where do I send my donations?
You can send your donations to:
American Lung Association
Attn: Fight For Air Climb
424 Pendleton Way
Oakland, CA 94621
Click here for a pledge form to make your donation process easy.
What is a team captain?
Begin 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 their 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 are our team captains.
How long is the Climb?
The landmark 555 California building in downtown San Francisco is the tallest climbable building in the city. It's 52 stories and 1,197 stairs. If you can walk a 5k, you can complete this Climb. Believe it or not the average climb time is 20-25 minutes.
Do I have to walk back down the stairs once I get to the top?
No, you will take a relaxing ride back down the elevator.
What time should I be there?
Registration begins at 8:00am. First wave of climbers starts at 8:45am. We ask that you arrive 1 hour before your wave time. This gives you time to check your gear, warm up and find your team. Start times will be assigned the Thursday prior to the event and will be posted online, as well as e-mailed to you. An e-mail will go out that day to participants with a direct link to start times. 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 number. Teams will receive the same start time and wave number.
Where should I park?
Parking is located in the underground parking lot of the 555 California Street building for $12. As an alternative, Muni and BART trains stop at the Montgomery Station, just 3 blocks from 555 California Street.
What do I bring with me on the day of the event?
Please bring any fundraising dollars you have collected and not yet turned in. Please bring a roster of your team members if you are the captain as well as how much each person raised if not already online. You may wish to bring a bottle of water and wear sunscreen depending on the conditions for the day, but 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?
To facilitate participation in the Climb and to ensure everyone's safety, participants will check all personal belongings at the secure gear check booth on the Plaza. Gear Check will close at 1:00pm. Please limit your gear checked items to outerwear, street shoes, etc. Do not bring valuables to the Climb. The American Lung Association in California and Vorando Realty Trust are not responsible for lost belongings. There will be two Lost & Found locations at the event: one will be located at Gear Check on the plaza and the other will be on the 52nd floor banquet room.
Are water bottles allowed while climbing?
Due to safety concerns, water bottles are not allowed in the building while you climb. There are plenty of rehydration stations in the stairwells to get adequate water, as well as at the top and bottom of the tower. This rule is for your safety and the safety of other climbers. We don't want anyone slipping on a water spill. This includes Camelpacks.
Where do I get my timing chip?
Each climber will be given a timing chip at check-in to measure his or her climb time. Be sure that you securely attach your timing chip. Participants who climb without at timing chip properly attached will not register an official time.
Climbers are responsible for returning their timing chips upon completion of the climb at the finish line. There will be volunteers at the finish line to assist you in removing/returning the timing chips. Participants will be billed a fee of $30 for any unreturned chips. Please ensure you do not leave the event with your timing chip.
Will my team be climbing together?
All climbers are given start times based on their 2011 finishing time and the climb option you/your team has chosen during registration (recreational or competitive climber). 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 number. Teams will receive the same start time and wave number. Elite Climbers (CrossFit) will go first and Firefighters will go in the last wave time. Many of them will Climb twice to remember and honor 9/11.
Are pets allowed?
No pets are will be allowed at this event.