Each year, too many lives are lost to lung disease and this is your chance to climb, raise money and make an impact in their honor. By joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are making the commitment to fight lung disease so everyone can breathe easier- including you! Join us for one of the most unique events in Fort Myers. On April 27, 2013, hundreds of people will walk or run their way up all 30 floors of the beautiful High Point Place Building near downtown Fort Myers. This is more than your same old 5k; this event challenges you to scale a high-rise building! Whether climbing for a winning time or simply to cross the finish line in honor or in memory of someone with lung disease, this event is a great way to challenge yourself physically. We guarantee that all finishers will discover a new-found respect for healthy lungs!
Important Registration Information
The 2012 Fight for Air Climb Fort Myers was a popular event and we are expecting even more excitement and participants for 2013! This year's climb will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at High Point Place, 2104 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL. High Point Place is a luxury waterfront high rise condominium community located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River on the west side of downtown Fort Myers, close to the historic Edison home and beautiful McGregor Boulevard. The event information we email you is important, so please provide an email when registering that you check often.
All firefighters and firefighter teams will climb together as part of our Firefighter Challenge. Climb times for all participants will be sent by email and posted on the website the week of the event. We cannot set climb times until registration closes and will not know the climb order until the week of the event.
The fundraising efforts of all participants will support our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Join us in our Fight for Air!
The registration fee is $25 per person with a required minimum fundraising goal of $100.00 per person(even if you are on a team). We encourage you to submit your pledge donations before April 27th; if that is not possible, we will accept them on event day; however, you will need to be prepared to arrive earlier on event day for a longer registration process. There will also be pledge-drop off days (dates TBA) prior to the climb when you can turn in your donations.
All participants are professionally timed and ranked by timing chips. All pre-registered climbers will receive an official Fight for Air Climb Fort Myers t-shirt, a medal, and giveaways. There will be a pre and post climb party in the pool courtyard with music, refreshments, and more on event day.
You can get involved by:
- Being an Event Sponsor
- Registering as a Team Captain
- Registering as a Team Member
- Registering as an Individual
- Registering as a Spectator
- Pledging a donation to a Registrant
- Becoming an Event Volunteer
- Joining the Event Planning Committee
Forming A Team
Why climb alone? Forming a stairclimb team is a fun way to share this event with family, friends and co-workers. Your team will support each other as you train, fundraise and complete the event together. When you all reach the end, the celebration will be that much more rewarding. You can form a corporate team or a family team for this event. You can easily manage your team's progress from your team's personal web page.
Corporate teams are a fantastic way to engage your fellow employees in a team-building activity that promotes healthy living as well as serves a good cause. Team uniforms on event day are a great way to represent your company! Everyone will feel a huge sense of accomplishment when they reach the finish line and raise money for the American Lung Association.
Lung disease touches families from all walks of life, whether it be asthma, emphysema, tobacco addiction or lung cancer. If your family has been touched by lung disease or knows someone who has, join the American Lung Association by forming a stairclimb team. Although each member of the team must raise the $100 fundraising minimum, working together as a family to raise funds makes it easier and more enjoyable.
Children can be registered for the climb under the Youth Climber category. Only children 7 and over are allowed to participate in the event, but the parent/guardian must sign the waiver. Children must also raise the $100 fundraising minimum in order to climb, however the registration fee is at a discounted rate of $15.
We will allow walk-ups on the day of the event for a fee of $135. Walk-ups are not guaranteed a climb time and will be able to participate only if a time spot is open on the event day. Walk-ups are also not guaranteed a t-shirt or medal, so it is best to register before the event.
Your family and friends are invited to cheer you on as you climb to the top! Spectators can register online or on the day of the event for a $10 fee. Children 10 and under are free. On the day of the event, spectators will be given a wristband and access to the refreshments. Spectators do not get a t-shirt or a medal.
The climb takes place at High Point Place located at 2104 West First Street located directly across from the Riverfront center at 2075 West First Street. You will walk up the driveway ramp to the left when you enter High Point Places property and enter the building through the main glass double doors. There in the lobby you will be directed to the elevators and the third floor where you will register and receive your bib and timing chip. For more information, please contact our office at (239) 908-2685 or via email at KGoerke@lungfla.org.
Parking is available thanks to the Riverfront Center at 2075 W. 1st Street behind their office building in their building parking lot off of Wilna Street. This is a private parking lot opened Saturday, April 27th for the Climb only. Other parking is available in the empty grass lot owned by Cameratta Properties. The lot is near Publix between Altamont and Virginia and McGregor and West 1st Street, about two blocks away from the High Point Building.
It is required for all participants to raise the $100 in order to participate on April 27th, 2013. We do encourage you to go above and beyond that fundraising goal. This is easier than you think! Try asking 10 friends for $10 each. Not sure how to ask people for a donation? Tell them to donate a $1 a flight for $30.00 The best fundraising tip is to start as early as possible. Try not to wait until the last minute. If you need additional help or want some creative ideas on how to reach your minimum, please contact our office at (239) 908-2685. Our staff is happy to help coach you and to provide fast and efficient ideas to reach your fundraising goal.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The American Lung Association is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization. Please make checks payable to the American Lung Association.
It is strongly encouraged that you train for this event. The High Point Place Building will be available for training on the stairs for registered participants only on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. starting in February. Training days will then expand to Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in March. You must bring your registration confirmation to training and check-in with the American Lung Association staff person or volunteer in the lobby. Restrooms during training are available. High Point Place and the American Lung Association are not responsible for lost items. Please do not leave sweatshirts, phones, keys, etc. in the stairwell. We are very grateful that High Point Place allows us to use the building for training, so please respect the property and remember that this is a privilege that some climbs do not have.
Timing results will be posted on the website by Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Awards will be given out to both females and males who place 1st in the following age categories. 2nd and 3rd place certificates will be awarded for these categories as well. A trophy will be awarded to the overall fastest male and overall fastest female.
7-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Fastest Team-Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams who climb the fastest. Team ranking will be based on the finishing time of your top 3 climbers.
Largest Team- A prize will be awarded to the largest team.
Highest Fundraising Teams-A prize will be awarded to our top 3 fundraising teams.
Highest Fundraising Individuals- Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 fundraisers.
Firefighters- A trophy will be awarded to the overall fastest firefighter. Second and 3rd fastest firefighters will receive certificates. The fastest firefighter team will also receive a trophy. The largest firefighter team and the top firefighter fundraising team will also receive a trophy.
This event would not run without our amazing volunteers who join together to help make it so successful. It is an exciting day for volunteers with responsibilities such as cheering on the climbers, handing out water, removing timing chips, helping our timing company and much more. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer for this event, please register as a volunteer and fill out the necessary information. Please remember that we rely heavily on our volunteers and that each volunteer has a specific assigned task, so we ask that you keep your commitment to volunteer on April 27th. If you sign-up and cannot make it, please let Kurt Goerke(see Contact information) at least 3 weeks prior to the event.