COLUMBUS CLIMB – EVENT DAY FAQ’S
Date: Saturday, February 2nd
Where: Rhodes Tower – 30 East Broad Street, Columbus Ohio 43215
Number of Floors: 40 & 880 steps
Registration/Check-in: Doors open at 8am – registration/check-in closes at 10am
Registration Fee: $35 (Cash, Check, Credit Card accepted)
Fundraising Minimum: $100 – must be recorded at check-in to participate – no exceptions (Cash, Check, Credit Card accepted)
Parking: Statehouse Underground Lot - $4 or street meters
Event Begins: Welcome comments at 9:00 am, first flight of Climbers off at 9:15am, Last flight off at approx. 10:30am
Packet Pick-Up: Friday, February 1st at FrontRunner located at 1344 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm – only for participants who have met the $100 minimum fundraising requirement.
Online Registration Ends: Midnight, Wednesday January 30th; walk-up & day-of event registration only there after
WHAT ARE THE REGISTRATION FEES AND FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENTS?
Registration fees are $35 for each participant. 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. Each participant completing the Climb will receive a t-shirt and medal and will be eligible for additional prizes for fundraising, individual and team competitions.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
You can register online as part of a team by or you can register online as an individual by going to ClimbColumbus.org or I could take your information today over the phone (use printout of registration form)
WHAT TIME SHOULD I BE THERE?
Doors open at the Rhodes Tower at 8am for bib pick up and day-of-event registration. Registrations will close shortly after 9am with first flight of Climbers to beginning at approximately 9:15 am with the final flight starting at about 10:30am. All team members will be kept together and placed in the same flight.
All Flight Times will be released online (ClimbColumbus.org) by end of day Thursday, January 31st
CAN I PICK THE TIME THAT I OR MY TEAM STARTS THE CLIMB?
We will do all we can to accommodate any request for a specific start time (i.e. earlier or later). Requests are welcome, but can not be guaranteed. Climbers will be released in “Flights” of about 25 people. The first Flight will be at approximately 9:15 am with the final Flight starting at about 10:30am
IS THERE A PACKET PICK UP?
There will be a packet pick up on Friday, February 1st at FrontRunner located at 1344 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Bags will contain bib number, timing chip, pins, t-shirt, and other “goodies”.
Be advised, only climbers who have met or exceeded their $100 fundraising minimum can take advantage of packet pick-up.
Climbers who are unable to make it to packet pick-up or who are bringing in additional fundraising dollars the day of the event must arrive at day of event check-in between 8am and 10am. No packets will be mailed.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
The underground Statehouse Parking Garage is the most convenient. The cost is $4, however, you can leave your personal belongings in your car and never be outside as there is a short tunnel that takes you to the lower level of the Rhodes Tower. From there, you simply take the escalator up to the main lobby and registration area. Street meter parking is also available on all streets that surround the Rhodes Tower – except for High Street.
WHAT IS THE DISTANCE OF THE CLIMB?
The Rhodes Tower Climb is 40 floors and approximately 880 steps.
CAN BRING MY FAMILY AND OR FRIENDS TO WATCH?
Family and friends are definitely welcome! We encourage bringing anyone who may support you in your effort. All guests, however, must remain in the lobby and are not allowed into the stairwell nor are they allowed access to the 40th floor due to the limited space at the top.
WHAT IS A TEAM VS. INDIVIDUAL CLIMBER?
Teams are groups of four or more climbers that want to participate together. Teams fall in into one of 4 categories: Corporate, Family/Friends, Firefighter (full gear) or First Responder (natural). 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.
WHAT IS A TEAM CAPTAIN?
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.
HOW WILL CLIMBERS BE RELEASED?
The event director will create ‘Flights’ of Climbers made up of teams and individuals ranging in number from 20-25. Flights will called/announced by the Emcee and will be available throughout the lobby. Individuals in each Flight will be released into the stairs about every 10-15 seconds. After the last Climber has entered the stairwell, there will be a 3-5 minute delay to allow the Climbers to progress up the stairs before the next Flight begins. This procedure is to avoid congestion in the stairwell.
All Flight Times will released Thursday, January 31st by email and will also be posted on the event website.
WILL MY TEAM BE CLIMBING TOGETHER?
Your official start time and corresponding race bib/timing device will be assigned and released on Thursday, January 31st by email and listed on the website. Times are established by the specific climb you choose and at the discretion of the race director. Team members will be kept together within the same Flight. Within a team however, individuals may not climb together if they have chosen/registered for a different race option (i.e. two members of a team registered as Firefighter Full Gear Challenge and the remaining registered as First Responder Natural Challenge). All requests for specific climb times will be respected and all efforts will be made by the event director to accommodate any special requests. All Firefighters will be climbing after the last civilian Flight time has been completed. Start times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines.
CAN I REQUEST A SPECIFIC TIME TO CLIMB?
The first Flight will begin at 9:15 and the last Flight will be at approximately 10:30am All requests for specific start times are welcomed and the Event Director will make all efforts to accommodate your request.
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 to not send cash in the mail. A pledge tracking sheet can be found on the website’s Participant Resources page with directions on how to send in your donations. Donations can also be brought to packet pick-up (Friday at FrontRunner between 3:30pm – 5:30pm) or to check-in on the day of the climb.
HOW DO TEAMS SPLIT DONATIONS?
Only 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. Team member fundraising can not be shared. For example, if team member ‘A’ has raised $150 and team member ‘B’ has raised $50, (even though a total of $200 overall has been raised) team member ‘B’ will be required to reach at least $100 in fundraising to participate in the climb.
HOW DO I EARN A T-SHIRT?
Participants who meet or exceed their $100 fundraising minimum will receive an official climb t-shirt.
HOW DO I EARN A MEDAL?
Participants who complete the Climb will receive an official climb medal
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE CLIMB?
The average climb time for the full climb is 15-25 minutes, this time takes into account climbers who run (the fastest time recorded is under 6 minutes!) and climbers who walk the course. If you plan on walking, the full climb will take you a half hour to 45 minutes to complete.
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. There will be water stations and medical staff on floor 10, 20, 30 and 40. 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, seek assistance from event staff or volunteers and you will be escorted properly. Do not just exit on any floor; there are procedures in place for your safety.
WILL THERE BE A MARATHON START OR A RELAY?
The Fight For Air Climb does not have a marathon start and it is not a relay. Climbers will start in approximate 10 second intervals and teams will be grouped together by climb category.
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 Most importantly, please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!