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About the Fight For Air Climb

ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL TOWERS

REGISTRATION AND FUNDRAISING

PRIOR TO EVENT DAY

EVENT DAY

RACE RESULTS

What is 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 involved climbing multiple steps. Sometimes called a vertical road race, team 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.

What do Climbers receive for participating? 

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.

What is the address for Presidential Towers? 

The Presidential Towers are located at 555 W Madison Ave, Chicago, IL 60661.  

How tall are the buildings? 

Each tower is 45 floors, 585 steps. If you climb all 4 towers, that's a total of 180 floors and 2,340 steps!

How do I sign-up? 

You can register online or you can call our Special Events Staff and register over the phone during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) at 312-781-1100.

If you would like to register offline, make sure to send your registration form 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.

What is a team captain? 

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.

Start a Team

What does "full gear" mean to the Fire Department Challenge? 

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.

How do my donations help? 

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.

Where can I send my donations? 

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.

How do I train for the Climb? 

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 will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on February 12th, February 19th and February 26th.

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!

To RSVP for Boot Camp CLICK HERE

Is there a packet pick-up? 

There is a packet pick-up on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 4:00-7:00pm, and on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Please note that all fundraising minimum 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 a bib. You will receive your timing chip before you climb on event day.

Can I climb at the same time as my friends and family?  

Of course! Just create a Family/Friends team. By creating a team, you will be assigned the same start time and wave number, regardless of how many towers you and your teammates are climbing. Teams can be as small as two people to ensure you climb together, or as large as 50 people. In order to qualify for team awards, you must have a minimum of five people on your team.

What time should I be there?  

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.

Where should I park? 

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.

Where do I get my timing chip? 

Timing chips are given out on event day on your way to climb Tower 1. You must match your bib number to your timing chip. Once you have completed your climb, a volunteer will remove your timing chip from your shoe before leaving the top of the tower. For participants climbing more than one tower, take off your timing chip at the top of your last tower.

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.

Are water bottles allowed in the towers?  

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.

What do I bring with me on the day of the event?  

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!

How can I honor a loved one affected by lung disease on Climb day? 

Fight for Air Climb Stairwell Signs can be purchased to honor a loved one affected by lung disease. Signs will be placed in the stairwell for all climbers to see as they climb to the top. Stairwell signs cost $10.00 each. They can be purchased during the registration process or download the ORDER FORM and send it to the American Lung Association office (address on form) with your payment. *Fees for the signs will not be included in your fundraising totals.

Is there an after-party? 

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

Climbers and their guests will receiving the following discounts on Climb Day:

  • 15% off all meals
  • $3.00 Corona, Corona Light, Pacifico and Victoria products

Where can I find race results from 2012 and where will results be posted after the 2013 event? 

You can view the results at TheRacersHub.com.

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 2011 and 2012. If you did, you will receive an extra Beat My Time ribbon for your medal for improving your time!

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