How do my donations help?
How do I sign-up?
Where can I send my donations?
Is there a packet pick-up?
What is Fight for Air Climb?
What time should I be there?
What is a Team Captain?
Can I climb at the same time as my family and friends?
What do I bring with me on the day of the event?
What is the address for Presidential Towers?
How tall are the buildings?
How do I train for the Climb?
Where can I find race results from 2011 and where will the results be posted after the 2012 event?
Are water bottles allowed in the towers?
What do participants receive for being in the event?
What does "full gear" mean to the Fire Department Challenge?
Is there an after-party?
With the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago saves lives by fighting for clean air and healthy lungs. Today, our fight is more important than ever. 88 cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy.
You can register online or you can call our Special Events Staff and register over the phone during normal business hours (8am-4:30pm) at 312-781-1100.
If you need to downlaod a paper registration form, click here. Make sure to send to the American Lung Association office completely filled out with your check for the registration fee. Forms must be sent in no later than one week prior to event day.
You can send your donations to:
American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
Attn: Fight for Air Climb at Presidential Towers
55 W. Wacker Dr. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601
Keep track of your donations using the Climb Pledge Form. Make sure to send this with your checks you collect, completely filled out.
Yes, and Packet Pick-Up will be held at a new location! There is a packet pick-up on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 4 - 7 p.m., and on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Both packet pick-ups will take place at Fitness Formula Club West Loop, right next to the Presidential Towers (10 S. Clinton, Chicago, IL). 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!
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.
We ask that participants arrive 30 minutes prior to their start time. This gives you time to check your gear, warm up and find your team. Start times will be assigned the Thursday prior to the event and will be posted online. An email will go out that day to participants with a direct link to start times. Each participant will also be assigned a "wave number" along with their start time. It is important to remember both your start time and wave. Teams will receive the same start time and wave number.
Reminder! Don't forget to change your clocks. March 11th begins Daylight Savings Time.
Parking is available at Presidential Towers for a discounted rate. There are also additional parking garages and limited meter spots around the towers. Public transportation is recommended.
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. In short, we need help to rally the troops and the best people for the job are always our team captains.
Of course! Just create a Family/Friends team. By creating a team, you will be assigned the same start time and wave number as your teammates.
Please bring any fundraising dollars you have collected and not yet turned in. Please bring a roster of your team members if you are the captain as well as how much each person raised if not already online. Please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!
The Presidential Towers are located at 555 W Madison Ave, Chicago, IL 60661. The entrance to the event will be located off of Madison Ave & Clinton.
Each tower is 45 floors, 585 steps. If you climb all 4 towers, that's a total of 180 floors and 2,340 steps!
CLICK HERE to view the Climb Fitness Guide for training tips, exercises and stretches to prepare for the Climb.
We are excited that Boot Camp is back! Whether you are just starting a fitness plan or tackling the tower to set a new personal record, the Fight for Air Boot Camp will help you reach your goals. Training will include a variety of activities including practice climbs in the Presidential Towers stairwells.
Boot Camp sessions are brought to you by the professionals from Fitness Formula Club and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm on February 21st, February 28th and March 6th.
To be eligible for Boot Camp, you must individually raise a total of $150 by session one, $250 by session two and $350 by session three.
Each Boot Camp participant will receive a FREE Climber in Training Shirt for participating!
RSVP for Boot Camp by clicking HERE.
Finish times will be posted at the event and on the home page of the Climb site within 24-48 hours of the event, or as soon as possible. Once you complete the 2012 Climb, you can find out if you beat your time from 2010 and 2011. If you did, you will receive an extra Beat My Time ribbon for your medal for improving your time!
No. Due to saftey concerns, water bottles are not allowed in the towers while you climb. Water stations are available on two floors as well as the top of each tower.
In addition to the achievement of climbing to the top of these towers, all participants will receive a finisher's medal, an technical event t-shirt and goody bag. There will be music to enjoy and sponsors to visit on event day.
To compete in the Team Fire Department Challenge or the Individual Fire Department Challenge, you and your team are expected to wear official firefighter gear: helmet, mask, suit, boots, tank. Everything except for the ax. Masks are not required to be worn while climbing.
Yes! 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