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FAQ


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 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 either race, run or walk up the stair and go at your own pace.

4. WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION FEE?

The registration fee is $35.00 per person.
*Please note: on-site registration is $50.00

5. WHAT IS A FUNDRAISING MINIMUM?

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 is due on the day of the event.

6. IS THERE AN AGE MINIMUM TO CLIMB?

No.

7. 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 five members.

8. HOW MANY FLOORS/FLIGHTS/STAIRS ARE THERE?

24 floors/ 48 flights /528 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 30-60 minutes before your scheduled start time.

11. WHEN CAN I GET MY START TIME?

Your start time will be e-mailed to you by 12pm on Friday, November 16th. Your start time will also be posted on the Climb Springfield website.

12. WHERE CAN I PARK?

Free parking will be provided at the River Front Parking Lot on West Columbus Avenue.  One Monarch place can then be accessed through the air walk. 

13. 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.

14. 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, Falcon Management and One Monarch Place are not responsible for lost belongings.

15. WILL I BE TIMED?

Yes, each participant will timed. Timing chips will be distributed on race day when you check-in.

16. WHERE CAN I GET MY RESULTS?

Official event times for every participant will be available at the post-event celebration and will be posted on the event website on Monday, November 19th.

17. DOES EVERYONE GO UP THE STAIRS AT ONCE?

No, climbers are started one at a time and are released into the stairwell in 30 second intervals.

18. CAN I PASS SOMEONE?

Please let the person 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.

19. CAN I CLIMB WITH MY TEAM?

Yes you can climb with your team. However if a team members signed up for different paces (Elite, running or walking) and still want to climb together, then all team member will be placed with the "slowest" pace.

20. WILL THERE BE WATER?

Water will be available in the lobby before and after the event and water will be available on the 6th, 17th and 24th floors. For the safety of all climbers, you are not allowed to bring your own water bottle or Camel pack into the stairwells. Water will NOT be permitted in the stairwells.

21. WHERE ARE THE BATHROOMS?

Bathrooms are located on the second floor atrium.

22. 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 6th and 17th floors. You cannot exit on any floor without One Monarch place security personnel!

23. 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 Monarch place security personnel.

24. CAN I WEAR MY HEADPHONES?

You many wear headphones, but please be conscious of other climbers and the volunteers in the stairwells.

25. CAN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS MEET ME AT THE TOP?

Unfortunately, due to security reasons, friends and family are unable to meet you at the top. However, all family and friends are invited to join you at the post-event celebration.

26. WHERE CAN I SEE PICTURES FROM THE EVENT?

Photographs will be posted on the event website after the event.

27. WHERE WILL THE AWARDS BE?

Individual and team climbing awards will be handed out following the event at the post-event celebration. Individual and team fundraising awards will be handed out after the December 7, 2012 fundraising deadline.

28. WHERE CAN I HAND IN DONATIONS?

Prior to the event, you can mail donations to the ALA at the following address:

American Lung Association
393 Maple Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Attn: Climb Springfield
You can also hand in donations on event day when you check-in.

29. CAN I GET A RECEIPT FOR MY DONORS?

All donations are tax deductible, and all donors will receive a thank you acknowledgment to be used for tax purposes. Additional donor receipts can be downloaded from the event website.

30. WHEN DO I HAVE TO RAISE THE $100 BY?

As a condition of registering as a participant, you agreed to pay a $35 registration fee as well as meet the $100 fundraising minimum.  Minimum of $100 fundraising commitment must be met by event day, November 17, 2012.

31. 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 in the lobby of the second floor atrium.

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