How do my donations help?
With the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association in Illinois saves lives by fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air. Today, our fight is more important than ever. Eighty-eight cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy.
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 time should I be there?
We ask that participants arrive 30 minutes prior to their start time. This allows you enough time to check your gear, warm up and find your team. Start times will be assigned the Wednesday prior to the event and an email will go out that day to all participants with a direct link to start times.
Where should I park?
There is free street parking downtown. You can also park in the parking garage at the Hilton Springfield for $0.50/hour.
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.
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. You will want to dress appropriately for the event (workout clothes, running shoes, etc.). Gear check will be available, but please do not bring items of value as the American Lung Association will not be held responsible for lost or stolen items. Most importantly bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!
How tall is the building?
The Hilton Springfield is 32 floors.
Where do I get my timing chip?
Timing chips will be given out right next to the starting line on event day. You must match your bib number to your timing chip. Once you have completed the climb, a volunteer will remove your chip from your shoe.
Are water bottles allowed in the stairwell?
No. Due to safety concerns, water bottles are not allowed in the stairwell while you climb. Water stations will be available for you in the stairwell as well as at the bottom and top.
What does "Full Gear" mean for the Fire Department Challenge?
To compete in the Fire Department Full Gear 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 I sign up?
You can register online by clicking here or you can call our office and register over the phone during normal business hours at 800-LUNG-USA.