Sunday, March 11, 2012
The Fight For Air Climb takes place on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Presidential Towers in downtown Chicago. Participants, individuals or teams, can climb 1, 2, 3, or all 4 towers -- that's a total of 2,340 steps to fight lung disease. All climbers are timed using state-of-the-art chip timing technology to ensure accurate results, but you don't need to be a star athlete to participate.
Whether climbing for a winning time or simply to cross the finish line, this event is a great way to challenge yourself physically. We guarantee that all finishers will have a newfound respect for healthy lungs.
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
- Volunteer to help with the climb
- Make a contribution supporting a registrant
One Tower Climb- 45 floors, 585 steps
Two Tower Climb- 90 floors, 1,170 steps
Three Tower Climb- 135 floors, 1,775 steps
Four Tower Climb- 180 floors, 2,340 steps
Please note: Multiple Tower Climbs are intended to be consecutive. Elevator time will be removed from timing results, however the time spent walking or sprinting the skyway between the towers will be included.
Corporate Team Challenge- Teams of five or more will compete for the title of fastest corporate team. The top three Corporate Teams will be awarded. Fuel the fun and competition in your work place by creating multiple teams.
Fire Department Competitive Challenge- Teams of five or more firefighters will compete for the title of the fastest Fire Department. Firefighters climb in full gear (mask, boots, tank, etc.) excluding their ax. Firefighters are not required to wear their mask while climbing. Firefighters can also climb in the Individual Firefighter Challenge for the title of the fastest firefighter.
Health Club Challenge- Build a team of five or more health club employees and members and compete against other health clubs.
Collegiate Challenge- Form a team of five or more of your classmates and friends from your college or university to compete against other Chicagoland college students.
Family and Friends- Invite your family and friends to step up to the challenge with you and build a team of 5 or more.
Stairclimb Relay Challenge- Add the thrill of a relay to your stairclimb experience. Create a 4-person relay team. Each team member will tackle one of the Presidential Towers, climbing 45 floors.
Relay Team Categories
Corporate Relay - Show your company’s competitive spirit by building a team of four to compete in the Corporate Relay. Each team member will climb 45 floors of one tower, passing off the timing chip between towers.
Family and Friends Relay - Conquer Presidential Towers with a team of four family and friends! Each team member will climb 45 floors of one tower, passing off the timing chip between towers.
Registration and Fundraising
One Tower Climb- Registration Fee: $15 Early Bird until 11:59pm January 6th / $25 after January 6, 2012; Minimum Fundraising/Donation: $100
Two Tower Climb- Registration Fee: $15 Early Bird until 11:59pm January 6th / $25 after January 6, 2012; Minimum Fundraising/Donation: $100
Three Tower Climb- Registration Fee: $15 Early Bird until 11:59pm January 6th / $25 after January 6, 2012; Minimum Fundraising/Donation: $100
Four Tower Climb- Registration Fee: $15 Early Bird until 11:59pm January 6th / $25 after January 6, 2012; Minimum Fundraising/Donation: $100
Each Climber is responsible for his/her own individual Registration Fee and Fundraising Minimum
Fee and Donation Details
The Registration Fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable . Climbers have until event day to meet their Minimum Fundraising of $100. Climbers who have not met their fundraising requirement on event day will need to pay the outstanding amount in order to participate in the climb. Pledges made to the American Lung Association on behalf of climbers who cancel or do not participate in the Climb are non-refundable.
Collecting Pledges and Fundraising
Our online fundraising tools make fundraising quick and simple. You can personalize your webpage with a photo and text about what motivates you to join the "Fight for Air." Send emails to friends and family or link to your Facebook page asking for support and to receive online credit card pledges. Any offline donations (cash and checks) that are collected can be mailed to:
Fight For Air Climb-Presidential Towers
American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601
Keep track of your donors using the Climb Pledge Form. Make sure to send this in with your check for the registration fee. Forms must be sent in no later than one week prior to event day.
Event Day Information
Start Times: Participants will receive their start times prior to the event via email. Start times will also be posted online 48 hours prior to the event. Start times will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the doors will open at 6:45 a.m. Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to their start time. Start times will be assigned in waves. Teams will be assigned the same wave: Climbers will climb individually on 15 second intervals in their wave time.
Timing Chips: Timing Chips will be picked up before climbing on event day.
Gear Check: Gear Check will be available to all participants on the day of the event. Please leave any valuable items at home, as we cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items at the event.
Water Stations: Water Stations will be located in the stairwells and also at the top. Water bottles are not allowed in the stairwells as it is a safety hazard.
Address: Presidential Towers, 555 W. Madison Ave., Chicago, IL 60661. Entrance to the event will be located off of Clinton and Madison.
Packet Pick-Up: New Location!
Skip the lines on event day and join us at Packet Pick-Up at Fitness Formula Club West Loop.
10 S. Clinton | Chicago, IL 60661
Please note that all fundraising must be raised and turned in by pick up. Each individual must pick up his/her own packet. A photo ID is required. If you cannot come to packet pick-up, all packets can be obtained on event day. All participants will receive a technical tee, goody bag and bib. You will receive your timing chip before you climb on event day.
Extra Incentive to Pick Up Your Packet at Packet Pick-Up! Fitness Formula Club West Loop will offer a 20% discount off all purchases at Packet Pick-Up. Also, any climber who schedules a spa service at Fitness Formula Club through March 18, 2012 will receive 20% off their service! And, you'll skip the lines on event day!
Climb After-Party All climbers and their guests are invited to celebrate at the Climb After-Party presented by the American Lung Association Auxiliary Board. The After-Party will take place at South Branch (100 S. Wacker Dr.), just three blocks away from Presidential Towers.
Specials for Presidential Towers Climbers and their guests include:
- $3 Corona
- $3 Corona Light
- $3 Pacifico Bottles
- $3 Victoria Draft Beer
- 15% off total food menu, not including beverages
- Full service bar and full service menu will be available
Beat Your Time
Try to Beat Your Time from the 2010 or 2011 Climb at Presidential Towers this year. 2010 and 2011 finish times will be posted at the event. Once you complete the 2012 Climb, you can find out if you beat your time. If you did, you will receive an extra ribbon for your medal for improving your time!
2010 and 2011 Finish Times: Check out how you did the last two years or what the competition looks like. You can view the results at TheRacersHub.com. For 2010 results CLICK HERE or for 2011 results CLICK HERE.
Fight for Air Climb Boot Camp
Boot Camp is back and brought to you by the professionals from Fitness Formula Club! Whether you're just starting a fitness plan or tackling the tower to set a new personal record, Fight for Air Climb Boot Camp will help you reach your goals. Training will include a variety of activities including practice climbs in the Presidential Towers stairwells after each session. To qualify for Boot Camp, you must be registered for the Climb and have individually raised a set fundraising minimum by each session date.
Session Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m.
Fundraising Requirements: (not including registration fees) $150 by session one; $250 by session two; $350 by session three. Boot camp participants will receive a Boot Camp Climber in Training shirt. To RSVP for Boot Camp, check back here in January for more information. Don't miss out on this great training opportunity, start fundraising today!
Ticket to Climb
Raise more than $1,000 and be eligible to climb for FREE at any of the other Upper Midwest Region stairclimb events in 2012. No registration fee or additional fundraising required.
This includes the following cities:
Information coming soon!
Individual Awards: Awards will be given to both the Male and Female Ultimate Climbers as well as Over-all-winners. Awards will be given to the top three finishers for men and women in each category. All participants will be divided into the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Team Awards: Groups of five or more can form a team and compete against other climb teams. Your team may consist of men and/or women in any age category. The four fastest times on your team will be combined to determine the winners. Each team member's individual time will count toward the individual age categories. The three fastest teams in each category will be awarded.
Individual Firefighter Challenge: Top three fastest firefighters, whether climbing with their department or as an individual, will be awarded (awards based on Tower 1 times).
Firefighter Team Award Groups of five or more firefighters can form a team and compete against other Firefighter teams. Your team may consist of men and/or women in any age category. The three fastest times on your team will be combined to determine the winners. The winning team will receive the Firefighter Travelling Trophy for one year!
Safety and Climber Etiquette
To ensure the safety of all climbers and allow for the best experience, please pass slower climbers on the wall without the rail, and let them know you are coming from behind to pass. You should always climb on the rail side of the stairwell. Emergency teams will be located at the bottom and top in case you need assistance. Volunteer will be available at the water stations to notify them if you need help.