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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 and flights of stairs. 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. Stairclimbs are great cross training events for athletes who can not train outdoors in the winter. Novice and expert athletes of all ages are welcome to climb.
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 are the Registration Fees and Fundraising Requirements?
Please see the Event Information page for details on current registration fees. All participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 in addition to their registration fee by the morning of the climb in order to participate.
How do I sign up?
You can register online as part of a team by clicking here or you can register online as an individual by clicking here or you can call our office and register over the phone during normal business hours at (513)985-3990. For special registration instructions, click here.
What time should I be there?
Please refer the Climber FAQ for specifics on check-in times.
Where should I park?
Please refer to the Directions page for specifics.
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 pre and post climb events. In short, we need help to rally the troops and the best people for the job are always our team captains.
Click here for additional Team Captain resources.
If being a team captain interests you, click here to Start a Team.
What is a team vs. individual climber?
Teams are groups of four or more climbers that want to participate together. They increase awareness and make fundraising and training easier and more effective, plus they have more fun! Each member is responsible for his/her own individual registration fee (there are no team registration fees) and his/her own $100 fundraising minimum.
Individual climbers can be anyone interested in supporting the ALA, fighting lung disease or seeking a new challenge. You will register, fundraise and climb on your own, but you always have the option of starting your own team later.
Will my team be climbing together?
All climbers are given start times based on their funds raised in 2011 (Super Steppers and Summit Club) and the climb option your team captain has chosen. Start times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines.
How much does it cost to participate?
The registration fee is $25 on or before December 31st. Starting January 1st to the day of the climb the fee is $35. All participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 in addition to the registration fee by the morning of the climb in order to participate.
Vertical mile climbers have a $75 registration fee and $500 fundraising minimum. All vertical mile climbers must qualify for this event.
What should I do with the cash/check donations that I collect?
Donations raised prior to the event can be brought or mailed to the American Lung Association. Please do not send cash in the mail. A pledge tracking sheet can be found on the Participant Resources page with directions on how to send in your donations. Donations can also be brought to packet pick up or to the registration table on the day of the climb.
How do teams split donations?
Cash and check general team donations can be divided among team members. When turning in a cash/check general team donation indicate how much of the donation should be allocated to each team member. For example one $1000 check may be split evenly among 5 team members. Donations made via credit card or online cannot be divided among participants.
My team has raised over $100 per team member, do I still need my fundraising minimum?
Each team member is responsible to reach his or her $100 fundraising minimum individually, regardless of overall team fundraising.
How do I earn a t-shirt?
Participants who meet or exceed their $100 fundraising minimum will receive an official climb t-shirt.
What is the distance of the climb?
All climbers will attempt to climb up the Carew Tower 45 flights for a total of 804 steps.
Vertical mile climbers will climb and ascend the 45 flights 10 times plus an additional 8 floors and 6 steps.
How long does it take to complete the climb?
Competitive Climbers typically finish in 5 – 10 minutes. A Climb at Your Own Pace participant will finish in less than 20 minutes. Vertical Mile climbers are given 3 hours to complete the challenge.
Is there a packet pick up?
Yes, there is a Packet Pick Up available to climbers who have met or exceeded their $100 fundraising minimum. Climbers who have not met their fundraising minimum will receive their packets on climb day. See the Schedule of Events page for specific times and full details. No packets will be mailed this year.
Will there be water and medical service available?
Yes, water is located at designated stations throughout the climb. Signage will be posted to direct you to the nearest water station. Medical staff will also be on-site for those who need any assistance throughout the event. Any volunteer can assist you and put you in contact with medical personnel. If you must exit in case of an emergency or you are unable to complete the climb, see assistance from event staff or volunteers and you will be escorted properly. Do not exit on any floor; there are procedures in place for your safety.
Will there be a marathon start?
The Fight For Air Climb does not have a marathon start, and it is not a relay. Climbers will start in 10 second intervals and teams will be grouped together.
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. A list of specific Day of Event information will be sent to each participant the week of the event and additional information can be found on the Climber FAQ page. Most importantly, please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!