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FAQ

What is a Stairclimb?

Stairclimbs are a new breed of competitive physical events that are growing in popularity around the world. These "vertical marathons" are a great way to challenge you physically.

When is the St. Louis Stairclimb?

The event will take place on March 23, 2013. Check-in opens at 7:00 a.m., and the Climb begins at 8:00 a.m.

When do I arrive?

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your start time.

How do donations work?

All donations not previously turned in can be brought to the event and turned in at the donation table in the lobby. Why doesn't my $30 registration fee count towards my fundraising goal? The $30 registration fee helps cover costs of event, such as event t-shirts, refreshments, awards, etc. Participants are asked to fundraise the minimum of $100 per person and are encouraged to raise more than the minimum. All donations go directly to helping in our fight for clean air and healthy lungs. And remember, all donations are tax deductible!

How do I get there?

Please see the "Directions" link for directions to the Metropolitan Square Building. Parking will be available for free in the building’s parking garage located on Pine St.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are available in the lobby and at the After Party. Once you start the race, restrooms will only be available on break floors 9, 21 and 29. When you cross the finish line, you must take the elevator to the lobby to use the restrooms.

How does the start line work?

Line monitors will assist you at the start line. All participants must be in numerical order and will be sent into the stairwell every 10 seconds.

How many floors do I have to climb?

You will climb 40 floors of the Metropolitan Square Building.

Can teams do the Climb relay style?

No, all team members must complete the climb from start to finish. No substitutions or relay-style racing will be allowed.

What happens if I need a break or need to exit the stairs early?

Volunteers, security officers and EMT will be stationed accordingly throughout the building and the stairwells to ensure your safety in the building. If you need to exit, please find the nearest volunteer and he or she will escort you to a safe place or medical assistance.

How do I pass other climbers in the stairwells?

If you notice that you are faster than other participants, please pass on the left of those participants. If you are walking, please stay to the right.

Where is the water?

Water stations are located on break floors 9, 21 and 29 and at the finish line. Refreshments are available at the After Party. Remember to keep hydrated before, during and after the event.

Can we carry stuff on us while we climb?

MP3 players/heart monitors/insulin pumps/inhalers may be used but must be worn properly. Cords must be tucked; no loose cords may dangle from your body as could cause injury. If this is seen, staff, volunteers or security may ask you to remove it for safety reasons.

What about personal belongings?

The American Lung Association will not be responsible for any items that are lost or stolen.  There will be a place to check keys, but all other personal items should be left at home, in your car or with a non-climber.

Can we carry our things in backpacks during the climb?

Backpacks will not be allowed in the stairwell. Please leave all unnecessary belongings at home, in your car or with a non-climber.

What about safety?

All security procedures must be followed. Security officers and nurses will be stationed throughout the building and stairwell to ensure your safety. They will have radio communication in case of any emergency.

How do I view my climbing results?

Official results will be available on the Homepage and www.fleetfeetstl.com.

How does timing work?

Every climber is timed, whether you climb competitively or non-competitively. Even if you are on a team, you can still qualify for individual awards. Team times are calculated by the average of your fastest three climbers.

Are there awards?

Thirty minutes after the last climber finishes, plaques will be awarded for fastest climbers, top fundraisers and largest teams at the awards ceremony at the After Party.

How old do I have to be to climb?

No persons under the age of 10 may participate in the event. Participants between the ages of 10 and 16 must climb with a parent or guardian. Participants between the ages of 16 and 18 must have a parent or guardian on site the day of the event.

Virtual Climbers

Want to be a part of the event, but can’t climb stairs or make it on event day? You can join your friends and family on a team or participate as an individual by becoming a Virtual Participant.

The Virtual Participant program is designed for those who cannot climb but would like to show their support. By registering as a Virtual Participant you will gain access to all the same fundraising tools available to other participants. You can even create or join a team. This program is perfect for family members and friends who do not live in the area, cannot climb the stairs, or will be out of town on event day.

To become a Virtual Participant, select the Virtual Participant option when registering. Virtual climbers must pay the registration fee, but do not need to meet any fundraising minimums.  Virtual climbers will receive a free event t-shirt.


Any other questions?
Please contact Amy Lewandowski at stlclimb@breathehealthy.org 314-645-5505 x1004, and she will be more than happy to assist you!

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