1. What is a stair climb?
A stair climb is when individuals race, run or walk up hundreds of stairs. It is sometimes referred to as a vertical road race since it requires individuals to move their entire body weight vertically instead of horizontally.
2. How can I train/prepare?
Please review the training tips and the training program that are included on the website.
3. Is it a race?
Only if you want it to be. While there are individuals who run up the stairs as fast as they can, the ALA of New England stair climbs welcome individuals of all athletic abilities. You can race, run or walk up the stairs and go at your own pace.
4. What is an Elite Climber?
Elite climbers are those that can complete the stair climb in 7:00 minutes or less for Males and 9:54 or less for Females. Last year’s fastest times were 4:23 (Fastest Male) and 6:10 (Fastest Female). Those who would like to participate in the “Elite Climb” should select this during the registration process. Please note: It is possible for Elite Climbers’ times to count toward their team time, but if you are an Elite Climber you will NOT be climbing with your team unless they too are Elite Climbers.
5. What is the registration fee?
The registration fee is $35.00 per person.
6. What is a fundraising minimum & when is it due?
The fundraising minimum is an amount that each participant is required to raise or pay themselves in order to participate in an event. The fundraising minimum that is required for this event is $100.00. This amount must be met by the event day, February 5, 2011.
7. Is there an age minimum to climb?
The minimum age is to climb is 10.
8. How many floors/flights/stairs are there?
41 floors/ 82 flights /789 stairs
9. What time does the event start?
Check-in begins at 8am and the first climber takes off at 9am.
10. What time should I arrive?
You will receive your start time in advance and it is suggested that you arrive between 30-45 minutes before your scheduled start time.
11. Where can I park?
275 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108
33 Arch St. Garage
(between Hawley Pl & Milk St)
Boston, MA 02110
60 State St. Garage
Boston, MA 02109
Center Plaza at City Hall
1 Center Plaza
Boston, MA 02108
12. Does everyone go up the stairs at once?
No, climbers are started one at a time and are released into the stairwell in 15 second intervals.
13. Can I pass someone?
Please let another participant know that you are passing and a common courtesy would then be for the slower climber to move to the outside and let the fast climber pass on the inside. Please climb single file to allow people to pass easily.
14. Will I be timed?
Yes, each participant will timed. Timing chips will be distributed on race day when you check-in.
15. When can I get my start time?
Your start time will be e-mailed to you by 12pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011. Your start time will also be posted on the Race Up Boston Place website.
16. What should I wear?
It is suggested that you wear comfortable clothing appropriate for a cardio workout. Proper shoes are essential. Running, walking or cross-training shoes are important for a successful climb.
17. What should I do with my personal belongings/Is there a bag check?
Unfortunately, there is not a bag check at this event. It is suggested that participants come dressed to climb. Do not bring valuables to the stair climb. The American Lung Association, CB Richard Ellis and One Boston Place are not responsible for lost belongings.
18. How many people need to be on my team to be considered a team?
There isn't any specific number of members required to be a team. You can have a team of one or one hundred. However, in order to qualify for the fastest team award, your team must have at least 5 members.
19. I’m on a team will I climb with my teammates?
All team’s members will be assigned consecutive start times (note: this does NOT include anyone in the Elite Climb category). Team start times are based on the majority of the pace that members selected (i.e., run or walk). Every person climbing, whether registered as an individual or on a team, will start alone at timed intervals.
20. Can I run with my friends even though we are not on a team?
Unless you create a team with your friends, we cannot guarantee that you will climb with one another. Start times are based on the “pace” (i.e., run or walk) that you selected when you registered for the event. Team start times are based on the majority of the pace that members selected. Creating a team is the only way to guarantee a spot with your friends, and it does not change the registration fee or the fundraising minimum. Every person climbing, whether registered as an individual or on a team, will start alone at timed intervals. Due to the large number of participants, start time requests cannot be accommodated.
21. Will there be water?
Water will be available in the lobby before and after the event and water will be available on the 16th, 28th, 41st floors. For the safety of all climbers, you are not allowed to bring your own water bottle or Camelpack into the stairwells. Water will NOT be permitted in the stairwells.
22. Where are the bathrooms?
Bathrooms are located on the 16th and 28th floor. Unfortunately, due to security reasons, there are no bathrooms for guests and/or spectators available in the building. Guests and spectators may use the restroom facilities at the Visitor Center, directly across the street from One Boston Place.
23. What if I need to stop?
If you cannot complete the climb, volunteers will be stationed throughout the stairwells to assist you and escort you from the stairwell to the nearest elevator. Rest and water stops will be located on the 16th and 28th floors. You cannot exit on any floor without One Boston Place security personnel!
24. What if I need medical assistance?
Medical staff will be on-site for those who may need assistance throughout the event. In case of an emergency, contact the closest stairwell monitor to reach the emergency medical personnel. You cannot exit on any floor without One Boston Place security personnel.
25. Can I wear my headphones?
You many wear headphones, but please be conscious of other climbers and the volunteers in the stairwells.
26. Can my family and friends meet me at the top?
Due to security reasons, friends and family will not be permitted to meet you at the top. Family and friends may hang out in the lobby of One Boston Place or the retail space (next door).
27. Where can I get my results?
Official event times for every participant will be available at The Bell In Hand Tavern (post-event celebration location) and results will be posted on the event website by Monday, February 7, 2011.
28. Where can I see pictures from the event?
Photographs will be posted on the event website following the event.
29. Where will the awards be?
Individual and team climbing awards will be handed out following the event at The Bell In Hand Tavern (45-55 Union St., Boston). Individual and team fundraising awards will be handed out after the March 4, 2011 fundraising deadline.
30. Where can I hand in donations?
Prior to the event, you can mail donations to the ALA at the following address:
American Lung Association
460 Totten Pond Rd., Suite 400
Waltham, MA 02451
Attn: Race Up Boston Place
You can also hand in donations on event day when you check-in.
31. Can I get a receipt for my donors?
All donations are tax deductible, and all donors will receive a thank you acknowledgement to be used for tax purposes. Additional donor receipts can be downloaded from the event website.
32. When is the deadline to turn in all fundraising money to be eligible for incentive prizes?
The first incentive levels begin at $250.00. Therefore, you must have raised at least this amount to be eligible for a prize. The incentive prize level will be determined by your fundraising total as of 12pm on Friday, March 4, 2011.
33. How do I get my incentive prize?
After the March 4 deadline, participants will receive a redemption certificate in the mail with which to order their desired earned prize. A complete list of incentive prizes is located on the event website.
34. I am volunteering, what time should I arrive and where should I go?
All volunteers should plan to arrive at 7:00am and should check-in at the retail space (next door to One Boston Pl).