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Event Information

Each year, too many lives are lost to lung disease and this is your chance to climb, raise money and make an impact in their honor. By joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are making the commitment to fight lung disease so everyone can breathe easier- including you! 

Event Overview

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.

You can get involved by:

  • Registering as a Team Captain
  • Joining an existing Team as a new climber
  • Signing up as an individual climber
  • Signing up to volunteer at the event
  • Sponsoring the event
  • Making a conation to support a climber  

Event Information

The 2013 Fight For Air Climb Cincinnati will be held on Sunday, February 17th at the Carew Tower located at 441 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH. The Climb is 45 flights and a total of 804 steps.

Each participant is responsible for their registration fee and $100 fundraising minimum. Registration fees are non-refundable. There are no exceptions. Registrations are non-transferable to another person or event. That means that once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, whatever the reason. To view to registration information see the section titled Registration Fees and Climb Options below.

You may register at any time by Monday, February 11 at midnight by following the links in the left margin of this page.  After online registration closes you can still register as a walk-on, on Climb Day.  No phone registrations will be accepted. Climb start times vary according to your climb type and team division, these times are pre-assigned and given at packet pick up.  Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Climb Day.

 Registration Fees

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is dependent on entry date. Please check the table below for the current registration fee.

Participants are encouraged to register early for reduced registration fees. 

Climb Type  Registration Date  Registration
        Fee
 Fundraising 
   Minimum

Total Amount 
     To Climb

All Climbers
But Vertical Mile
 Aug 1 - Dec 31, 2012       $25       $100       $125
         
All Climbers
But Vertical Mile 
 Jan 1, 2013 to Climb Day       $35       $100       $135
         
 Vertical Mile*  All Dates       $75       $500       $575
         

*All Vertical Mile climbers must contact ALA prior to registering

There are no additional fees to form a team.

Fees are non-refundable. There are no exceptions.

Both individual and team registration options are available.

If you have questions about registration, or online registration has closed, contact your local ALA office at (513) 985-3990 or via e-mail at ljanosik@midlandlung.org.

 Climb Options

Team Captains
When registering please make sure you select your team division type as well as entering your company name. Team Captains will choose the climb option for the whole team.

Competitive Climb
Register to race against the clock and other climbers in the competitive climb. You will climb up the Carew Tower 45 flights for a total of 804 steps. A typical competitive climber time is 5 – 10 minutes. Your start time will be approximately 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.  All climbers must raise a minimum of $100 to participate in addition to their registration fee.

Climb at Your Own Pace
Register for a personal challenge and see how you do. No pressure, no stress. Can you make it to the top? Attempt to climb up the Carew Tower's 45 flights for a total of 804 steps. We’ll still time you, just for fun. A typical own pace climber will finish in less than 20 minutes. Your start time will be approximately 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. All climbers must raise a minimum of $100 to participate in addition to their registration fee.

Firefighter Challenge
Current full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters are encouraged to participate in the Firefighter Challenge. All participants are timed during their climb up the Carew Tower's 45 flights for a total of 804 steps. Participants are encouraged to wear full structural firefighting personal protective equipment which meets current NFPA standards, but are also able to compete without gear. Your start time will be approximately 12:30 pm – 2:00pm. For full details and challenge rules see the First Responders page.  All climbers must raise a minimum of $100 to participate in addition to their registration fee.

Vertical Mile: for those in top physical condition
Register to conquer the Carew with the Vertical Mile option. It's the race of a lifetime and hard to find. Challenge the clock and other participants as you climb and descend the 45 flights to achieve one full vertical mile up and one full vertical mile down. You will climb 10 times up, 10 times down and then another 8 floors and 6 steps! Participants are given 3 hours to complete the challenge. Due to the limited number of spaces available and the intensity of the climb, you must qualify for this category and note there is an increased registration fee and a $500 fundraising requirement. Serious climbers and fundraisers only. Call 513-985-3990 for details.

Please note:  All Climbers are given flight times, based on their funds raised in 2012 (Super Steppers & Summit Club Teams).  Flight times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines.  All participants receive an official Fight For Air Climb medal when they cross the finish line and an official participant t-shirt (with the minimum $100 fundraising requirement). After the climb, you can take your medal and brag to your friends. You made it!

Fundraising

Each participant’s $100 fundraising minimum must be met by the morning of the climb in order to participate. 

All participants who individually raise at least $100 will receive an official event t-shirt and receive their climber medal when they complete their climb. 

The average climber raises more than $200 for the cause.  Participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 in order to participate.  It is easier than you think!  Ask 10 friends for $10.  Additional fundraising ideas area available on the Fundraising Tips page or by calling your local climb manager.


Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The American Lung Association ® is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization. Please make checks payable to the American Lung Association.

A Team Resources page and Participant Resources page are available to help you reach your fundraising minimum.  If you need additional help in meeting the fundraising minimum requirement, please contact our office at (513) 985-3990.   The ALA staff is happy to help coach and provide fast and efficient ideas to reach your fundraising requirement.

Directions and Parking

Please refer to the Directions page.

 

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