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Event Information

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Fight for Air Climb takes place on Sunday, March 10, 2013 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:

It's more than a walk, it's  more than a run...get ready for a unique challenge!


Stairclimb Options
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.

Team Categories
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 of your family and friends! Each team member will climb 45 floors of one tower, passing off the timing chip between towers.

Registration and Fundraising
Individual Climbers
One Tower Climb- Registration Fee: $15 Early Bird until 11:59 p.m. January 11th / $25 after January 11, 2013; Minimum Fundraising/Donation: $100

Two Tower Climb- Registration Fee: $15 Early Bird until 11:59 p.m. January 11th / $25 after January 11, 2013; Minimum Fundraising/Donation: $100

Three Tower Climb- Registration Fee: $15 Early Bird until 11:59 p.m. January 11th / $25 after January 11, 2013; Minimum Fundraising/Donation: $100

Four Tower Climb- Registration Fee: $15 Early Bird until 11:59 p.m. January 11th / $25 after January 11, 2013; 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. 


New this Year! Fight for Air Events Launch Party

Connect with other climbers and American Lung Association volunteers at our Fight for Air Event Launch Parties! Invite your potential team members to join you and learn more about the American Lung Association, Fight for Air Climb at Presidential Towers, and our other special events. Launch parties will be held from 6-8pm. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. You must RSVP to attend. Hope to see you there!

 Ballydoyle Irish Pub
5157 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Thursday, January 10, 2013

John Barleycorn
1100 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 

Rockit Bar & Grill
22 W Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60654
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fight for Air Climb Stairwell Signs

Climb Stairwell Signs are a great way to honor a loved one who is suffering from lung disease or in memory of someone who has passed away from lung disease. Remember them on event day by purchasing a Climb Stairwell Sign. You will see them posted in the stairwells on event day. Each stairwell signs cost $10.00, and it is not part of your fundraising total.

To order: If you are not yet registered for the event, there will be a chance for you to purchase the sign during the event registration process online. If you have already registered, you can CLICK HERE for an order form. Send the check and form to the Lung Association office (address listed on form).

Packet Pick-Up

Skip the lines on event day and join us at Packet Pick-Up at Presidental Towers. 

Friday, March 8, 2013 from 4pm-7pm at Presidential Towers
Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10am-12pm at Presidential Towers

Please note that the fundraising must be met 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 a bib. You will receive your timing chip before you climb on event day.

Fight for Air Climb Boot Camp
Boot Camp is back! 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, 6:00 p.m., please arrive by 5:45 p.m. to check in. Please be dressed and ready to climb.
February 12, February 19 and February 26.

Session Location: Presidential Towers, 555 West Madison Street  Chicago, IL 60661

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. 

RSVP for Boot Camp:
To RSVP for Boot Camp CLICK HERE.  Don't miss out on this great training opportunity, start fundraising today!

Beat Your Time
Try to Beat Your Time from the 2011 or 2012 Climb at Presidential Towers this year. 2011 and 2012 finish times will be posted at the event. Once you complete the 2013 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!

2011 and 2012 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.

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 2013. No registration fee or additional fundraising required.

This includes the following cities:

  • Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Oakbrook Terrace Tower - February 10, 2013
  • Springfield, IL, Hilton Springfield - February 16, 2013
  • Minneapolis, MN, Accenture Tower - February 23, 2013
  • Indianapolis, IN, Indiana Square - March 9, 2013 
  • Chicago, IL, Presidential Towers - March 10, 2013
  • Milwaukee, WI, U.S. Bank Center - March 23, 2013
  • Des Moines, IA, EMC Insurance Companies, Hub Tower & Des Moines Marriott - April 7, 2013
 Ticket to Climb


Start Times:
Participants will receive their start times 72 hours prior to the event via email. Start times will also be assigned between 7:30am-1:30pm. 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.

If you would like to request a specific start time or time range, please send an email to events@lungil.org by Friday, February 22nd. We cannot guarantee you will be assigned your requested start time, but we will try our best to accommodate you.

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.

Climb After-Party: Celebrate your victory to the top at the Climb After-Party hosted at South Branch Tavern and Grille, just three blocks away from the Presidential Towers. All Climbers and their guests are invited!

Climbers and their guests will receive the following discounts on Climb day:

  • 15% off their meal.
  • $3.00 Corona, Corona Light, Pacifico and Victoria products

Alumni Pin: Eligible particpants will receive an Alumni Pin or 5-Year Alumni Pin!

 Alumni_Pin_Climb  5_Year_Pin

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 three 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 Stairwell 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. Volunteers will be available at the water stations to notify them if you need help.

Chicago, IL 2013 Fight for Air Climb