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About the Fight For Air Climb

ABOUT THE OAKBROOK TERRACE TOWER

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 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.

What do you get for participating? 

In addition to the accomplishment of reaching the TOP of the suburbs' tallest building, the Oakbrook Terrace Tower, all participants will receive a technical event t-shirt, a finisher's medal at the TOP of the tower and an event goody bag. There will be refreshments served at the event as well as music and sponsor booths to visit.

How tall is the building? 

The Oakbrook Terrace Tower is 31 floors and 680 steps. You can climb mulitple times for more of a challenge.
Extreme Climb (62 floors) - Climb the tower twice and combine your times. Climbs are intended to be consecutive. Elevator time will be removed from timing results.
Ultimate Climb (93 floors) - Climb the tower three times and combine your times. Climbs are intended to be consecutive. Elevator time will be removed from timing results.  
Power Hour - Climb as many times as you can in one hour!

How do I sign-up? 

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

If you cannot register online, fill out the hard copy registration form and send it to the American Lung Association office completely filled out and with your check (made out to the American Lung Association) for the registration fee ($15 before 1/11/13 and $25 after 1/11/13). Forms must be sent no later than one week prior to event day. You may also register at the event and packet pick-up, though we encourage you register early.

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.  Sometimes the team captain serves as a representative at the annual event kickoff luncheon.  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 are the requirements for teams? 

Teams need to have at least 5 members if you want to qualify for team awards. However, there is not a minimum number of team members required to form a team if you are creating a team to climb at the same time as each other.  You can have a team with as little as two members, there is no maximum. Each team member is responsible for their own individual fundraising requirement ($100, in addition to the registration fee, by event day). 

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 and tank. Everything except for the ax.

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 healthy lungs and healthy air.  Today, our fight is more important than ever.  We are proud to say that 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
Attn: Fight for Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower
55 W. Wacker Dr. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601

Make sure to send your Pledge Form in with your checks you collect, completely filled out. This way, we can thank your donors!

How do I train 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 goal. Training will include a variety of activities including practice climbs in the Oakbrook Terrace Tower stairwells.

Boot Camp sessions will be held on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. on January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd.

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.

To RSVP for Boot Camp, CLICK HERE .

Is there a packet pick-up? 

There will be a packet pick-up at Oakbrook Terrace Tower on Friday, February 8th, 2013 from 4pm-7pm and Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 10am-1pm. Please note that all fundraising must be raised and turned in when picking up your packet. 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. If you need to register or have other team members register, you may do so at Packet Pick-up.

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 as your teammates. Please note that multi-climbers and one-time climbers are in different stairwells. If your team selects different climbs, you will climb at the same time but in different stairwells.

What time should I be there? 

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 be sent 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.

Where should I park? 

Parking is available in the Oakbrook Terrace Tower parking lot, free of charge.

Where do I get my timing chip? 

Timing Chips are given out on event day at registration. 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 mulit-climb participants, take off your timing chip at the top of the tower, after your last climb.

Are water bottles allowed in the tower? 

No. Due to safety concerns, water bottles are not allowed in the towers while your climb. Water stations are available for you every 10 floors as well as the top and bottom of each tower.

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

We will have gear check available on event day, so you can bring your jacket with you to the event. Please leave all valuable items at home as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Wear athletic shoes you are comfortable climbing in.

Please bring any fundraising dollars you have collected and not yet turned in. If you have collected donations, make sure to also bring the Pledge Form with you to ensure your donors are properly thanked after the event from the Lung Association. We cannot thank your donors if we do not have complete information. And of course, please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!

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

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 counted toward your fundraising totals.

Where can I find the race results from 2011 and 2012 and where will the race results be posted after the 2013 race? 

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 2013 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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