How do my donations help?
With the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association in Florida 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 learn more about how your donation helps.
What is A 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. The event is professionally timed, but open to participants of all athletic abilities. You set your own pace!
Where can I find instructions on registering?
Registering is easy. You just need to decide whether you are registering as an individual, as a team member of an already registered team, as a team captain, or as a firefighter, and then register in the appropriate category on the registration page. You may also register over the phone by calling (239) 908-2685.
Can I register as an individual and then join a team later?
YES. Just make sure to notify Kurt Goerke (239) 908-2685 or KGoerke@lungfla.org, so that you can be switched from an individual to a team. This is something we have to do on our end of the system. You cannot change it yourself. Because we are expecting a great turnout, register as early as possible to ensure your spot.
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.
Can I walkup and register on the day of the event?
We will allow walk-ups on the day of the event for a $135 fee. Walk-ups are also not guaranteed a t-shirt or medal, although we will do our best.
Is there an age requirement?
Children 6 and under are not permitted in the stairwell. Children 7-12 can sign-up for the Youth Climber category for a discounted registration fee of $15, however they must raise the $100. A parent/guardian must also sign the waiver.
Can my family or friends come watch me?
Yes. Spectators can register online or on the day of the event for a $10 fee. They will be given a wristband and allowed access to the refreshments in our courtyard. Children 10 and under are free.
Oops. I made a donation to the event and I meant to donate specifically to an individual.
This is not a problem, but something that we also have to change from our end. Make sure to let the event coordinator know as soon as possible.
Where can I send my donations?
The easiest way for people to donate is online through your personal web page. Checks should be made out to the American Lung Association. Please do not send cash in the mail. When sending a donation, please specify the donor, the donor's contact information, your name, and if the donation goes to a team (team name) or individual. Donations should be mailed to American Lung Association, Attn: Kurt Goerke 662 Astarias Cr., Fort Myers, FL 33919.
What if I don't raise the $100 minimum?
The fundraising efforts of all participants will support our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. 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.
When is my climb time?
All firefighters and firefighter teams will climb first in the morning as part of the firefighter challenge. Climb times will be sent by email and posted on the website the week of the event. We can not set climb times until registration closes and will not know the climb order until the week of the event.
Is there training for the event?
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. Please bring a bottle of water and a small towel. 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.
What if I can't climb the whole thing?
There is a rest stop with water and Emergency Medical Professionals located at roughly the midway point. If you cannot make it or need help, you can seek assistance. We strongly advise that you train for this event.
Do I have to climb down the stairs as well?
NO. You will climb up the stairs and take the elevator down.
What time should I be there on event day?
The climb starts at 9:00 a.m. and registration begins at 8:00 a.m. It is strongly recommended that you arrive one hour prior to your start time. There will be refreshments, music, warm-ups and pictures taken in the courtyard. Your bib number may be announced slightly earlier than your original start time, so it is good to be there ahead of time. As the event gets closer, there will be more information for the event day.