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Event Information

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! 

Event Day Photos

Thank you to all of our volunteer photographers! Photo albums from the day of the event are available for viewing:

Album I

Album II

Event Overview

Families, individuals and teams join together in a climb to raise awareness for the 35 million Americans who suffer from lung disease. Participants work together to raise awareness, educate the public, and fundraise for research and advocacy.
 
Please join the thousands of individuals across the nation who believe in the cause and will climb in their communities as well!
 
You can get involved by:

  • Registering as a team captain
  • Joining an existing team as a new registrant
  • Signing up as an individual registrant
  • Sponsoring the event
  • Joining the event planning committee
  • Making a contribution supporting a registrant  

Event Information

You may register at any time on the www.fightforairclimb.org website.  The climb will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012. The event is held in November each year because it is COPD and LUNG CANCER awareness month. Did you know that COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States? Did you know that LUNG CANCER is the leading cancer killer in both men AND women? 

All participants must raise $100 to climb on event day. Registration fee's do not count towards your individual fundraising requirement. Registration fee's entitle paid registrants to an event day t-shirt and goody bag.

Climb Training Schedule

Thank you to our sponsors Florida Hospital Healthy 100 and Camp Gladiator for providing free climb trainings for registered participants.  In order to take advantage of these trainings, you must be a registered participant with the event.  For questions on any of these trainings, please contact our office at 407-425-5864.

Florida Hospital Trainings - Join us beginning in October for the Florida Hospital Climb Trainings!  Florida Hospital's Healthy 100 trainers will be on site to provide personal guidance on how to improve your time and conquer the stairwell.  Trainings are scheduled as follows:

  • Every Tuesday from 5:30-7:00pm at Florida Hospital Altamonte - Specific parking and training instructions coming soon.
  • Every Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30-7:00pm at the Ginsberg Tower, Florida Hospital's downtown campus located at 601 E. Rollins Street Orlando, FL.  Please park in the Alden Parking Garage and take the covered bridge on the 2nd floor to the main building.  You will find directional signs from the parking garage to the Lakeside Cafe which is where the warm up/sign in will be set up.  Parking vouchers will be provided for climbers.

Camp Gladiator Trainings - Join us for an outdoor athletic training bootcamp with a fun twist.  The trainers with Camp Gladiator will get you in great shape to take on the stairwell at the Bank of America Center!  Trainings are held every Saturday at 9am in Baldwin's Blue Jacket Park and the following Wednesdays at 6:15pm: October 3, 17, 21.  Bring a yoga mat or towel, water, and a great attitude.  On Saturdays bring light weights (8-10lb.) if you have them.

Directions and Parking

For more information please click here.

Fundraising

To participate in the climb EVERY REGISTRANT must fundraise at least $100 toward the cause. This is much easier than you think! It is as easy as asking 10 friends for $10. Coaching packets and trainings are available by clicking here. For more information please contact our office at 407-425-5864.
 
A fundraising packet is available to help you reach your fundraising minimum.  Check out the "Fundraising Help" page on the main menu.  If you need additional help in meeting the fundraising minimum requirement, please contact our office at 800-LUNG-USA.  The ALA staff is happy to help coach and provide fast and efficient ideas to reach your fundraising requirement.

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 and mail to 851 Outer Road Orlando, FL 32814 Attn: Fight for Air Climb.

Any climber raising $200 will receive a free Gilden Powered by Lungs t-shirt.  These will be available beginning October 1st.

Powered by Lungs

In Memory/Honor of...

Are you participating in honor or in memory of a loved one who has battled lung disease?  The American Lung Association is compiling a "In Memory and Honor" banner to recognize those who have fought the battle against lung disease.  Please send in the picture, name, lung disease, and for those in memory the years to celebrate their life (example: 1939-2009) to jmiddents@lungfla.org.  For questions please contact our office at 407-425-5864.

Climb Times

Climb times are broken down by climber category as follows beginning at 8:00am:

1. Fire fighters (early wave)

2. Competitive Climbers

3. Law Enforcement

4. Fun Run Climbers

5. Fire fighters (late wave)

Groups are broken out in this manner to avoid stairwell congestion.  You will receive a climb wave time about 1 week prior to the event.  This is the time when you and/or your team should plan on getting in line at the stairwell. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the estimated wave time breakdown.

Packet Pickup

Climbers who have met their $100 fundraising requirement may pick up their climb packet which includes event t-shirt, race bib, and goodie bag on Thursday November 1st and Friday November 2nd between 9:00am-6:00pm at the American Lung Association office located at 851 Outer Road Orlando, FL 32814. 

Team members are welcome to pick up packets for their fellow team members.  If a fellow team member has not met the $100 fundraising requirement, the race bib will not be issued (bib will be issued when fundraising requirement has been met).

The American Lung Association will have materials available to make team signs and decorations for the stairwell, so please feel free to stick around for a few minutes and decorate your team sign!

Event Day Awards, Timing Results and Festivities

Make sure to stick around for some fun activities for the whole family! 

Fire Sled Competition - Stick around for this fun competition that will be ongoing throughout the Climb by our sponsor booths.  Orange County Fire Rescue has provided the infamous "Fire Sled", a four team contraption that will test your strength, agility, and speed.  Fire fighter and civilian teams can sign up at the Star and Shield booth the morning of the event.

Balance Massage - Bring a few extra dollars with you for a post-climb massage!  The wonderful staff of Balance Massage and Structural Bodywork will be providing chair massages the morning of the event.  All proceeds will be donated directly back to the American Lung Association.

Award Ceremony - We will host the award ceremony to give out time awards approximately 1 hour after the final climber has conquered the stairwell.  Please note: Climb times will be posted periodically throughout the morning in the courtyard.  Please be sure to check your time, age category, and gender to make ensure accuracy with our timing company.  Awards will be given to the following categories:

- Fastest Climber Male

- Fastest Climber Female

- Fastest Firefighter Male

- Fastest Firefighter Female

- Fastest Law Enforcement Male

- Fastest Law Enforcement Female

- Fastest Male (Climber, Firefighter, Law Enforcement combine): 10-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ 

- Fastest Female (Climber, Firefighter, Law Enforcement combine): 10-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ 

- Fastest Climber Team 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (best 3 times)

- Fastest Firefighter Team 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (best 3 times)

- Fastest Law Enforcement Team 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (best 3 times)

Event Timing Results

Click on the links below to view Timing Results:

 - Overall Finish List

 - Overall by Age Groups

 - Overall by Division (Climber, Firefighter, Law Enforcement)

 - Overall by Gender

 - Overall by Age Groups and Divisions

Top Fundraising Individuals

Congratulations to the following Top Fundraising Individuals. We are so appreciative to each of these individuals for their support and hard work.

Name Team Amount
Mark Engwall DUDA's Climbers  $               4,850.00
Ann Gainey DUDA's Climbers  $               4,750.00
Bart Weeks DUDA's Climbers  $               4,595.00
Vicki Berman Vertically Inclined  $               4,136.66
Ed Piatkowski Back Packers  $               1,850.00
Jeremy Gainey DUDA's Climbers  $               1,625.00
Walt Parks 1st Down & 24 To Go  $               1,297.00
Alan Moore Florida Hospital  $               1,150.00
Kathleen Skambis Skambis Law Climbers  $                   800.00
Cristin Thompson Peggy Thompson Team  $                   765.00
Jeffrey York Breathe  $                   765.00

 

Top Fundraising Teams

Ranking Team Amount
1 Duda's Climbers  $          22,071.00
2 Vertically Inclined  $             8,145.00
3 Back Packers  $             3,625.00
4 Skambis Law Climbers  $             3,420.00
5 Peggy Thompson Team  $             2,875.00

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