Where can I find instructions on registering?
Registering is easy. You just need to decide whether you are registering as an individual, as 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 (727) 828-0724.
Can I register as an individual and then join a team later?
YES. Just make sure to notify Danielle Cohen (727-828-0724 or DCohen@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 this event to sell out, register as early as possible to ensure your spot.
What is a team captain?
Being a team captain is easy. Captains gather together their friends, family and co-workers and encourage them to participate in the event together. Each team captain helps to coordinate the online registration of the teammates as well as setting a fundraising 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. The team captain may act as the liaison between the event coordinator and the team. Also, the team captain may come up with a really creative team uniform to wear on event day. The team captains increase awareness of our mission and get more people involved and excited about the climb.
Can I walkup and register on the event day?
We will allow walk-ups on the day of the event for a $135 fee. Walk-ups are not guaranteed a climb time and will only be allowed to climb if a spot opens up on event day. Walk-ups are also not guaranteed a t-shirt or medal. Last year's climb sold out, so it is best to register as early as possible. We are capping this event at 1,000 participants and expect the event to sell out quickly.
Is there an age requirement?
The Fight for Air Climb is a nationwide American Lung Association event and open to climbers 10 years old and above. A waiver signed by the parent or guardian is required for those 10-17 years of age. Please note that, in order to ensure the safety of all climbers, children who have not reached their tenth birthday are not permitted in the stairwell on event day. Children must pay the $25 registration fee and raise the $100 fundraising minimum in order to participate.
Can my family or friends come watch me?
Yes. For a $10 fee, spectators can register before or at the event. They will be given a wristband and allowed access to the 42nd floor when you are about to climb. They will also have access to the refreshments in the 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.
How do my donations help?
With the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association 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 donations help.
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: Danielle Cohen 8950 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Suite 205, St. Petersburg, FL 33702.,
What is The 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 use the event as a fitness target, as a race,(challenging themselves or 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.
What time should I be there on event day?
The climb starts at 8:00 a.m. and registration begins at 7:00 a.m. It is strongly recommended that you arrive one hour prior to your start time. There will be refreshments, massages, 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.
What if I don't raise the $100 minimum?
The fundraising efforts of all participants will support our mission to save livesb y 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 March 24th. 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.
Do I have to climb down the stairs as well?
NO. You will climb up the stairs and take the elevator down.
What if I can't do the whole thing?
There are rest stops with water and Emergency Medical Professionals on the 14th and 30th floor. There are also call boxes every 6th floor, so if you cannot make it or need help, you can seek assistance. We strongly advise that you train for this event.
When is my climb time?
Climb times are based on when you register. The sooner you register, the earlier you get to climb. If you are climbing as part of a team, your climb time will be based on when your captain registers. All firefighters and firefighter teams will climb later in the morning as before. However, the same process applies to the firefighters meaning that the first firefighter team captains to register will climb before the other teams. Exceptions to this rule are: The overall fastest male and female will have the choice to climb alone or climb later with their teams. The overall fastest team from 2011 will climb next. The overall fastest firefighter and firefighter team will have the same opportunity at the beginning of the firefighters' start times. 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.
Are there any fundraising incentives?
Yes. Don't miss out on the chance to earn one or all of these great fundraising incentive items. Items will be mailed after the deadline.
Incentive Item #1
Have $150 in your individual account by November 1 and receive a battery operated fan.
Incentive Item #2
Have $300 in your individual account by January 20 and receive an American Lung Association drawstring backpack.
Incentive Item #3
Have $500 in your individual account by March 1 at 8:30 a.m. and receive a special climb t-shirt.
Is there training for this event?
Yes. It is strongly encouraged that you train for this event. The Bank of America Plaza will be available for training on the stairs for registered participants only on Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. starting August 6th. Training days will then expand to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting on Thursday, January 5. You must bring your registration confirmation to training and check-in with security by the loading dock. Restrooms during training are located inside the Plaza Fitness gym in the building. The Bank of America Plaza 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 the Bank of America Plaza staff 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 get.