One breath and one stair at a time, the American Lung Association in Oregon (ALAO), take steps in our fight to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. This year's goal is to raise $30,000 for the programs and services of ALAO. Climbers will take off in 12-second intervals and climb 20, 40, 80 or 160 floors as they ascend “Big Pink”. Upon completing, the climbers will take the elevator back to the lobby for food, fun and interactive booths. Participants can climb as a team or as an individual. You are a champion in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, and you help save lives today and keep Oregon healthy tomorrow.
“What is the Kaiser Permanente Fight For Air Climb?”
The Kaiser Permanente Fight For Air Climb is a stairclimb event. Or as some like to call it a “vertical foot race”. This is a timed event that can be done by the serious “elite” athletes as well as family members of all ages. Stair climbing is easing on the joints and has lower impact compared to walking. For those of you considering a New Year’s resolution, it burns 2x more calories in less time than other training. To compare, 15 minutes of stairclimbing = 30 minutes of running intensity. It’s a total body workout which involves your legs, lungs, heart and upper body.
The Kaiser Permanente Fight For Air Climb will be held at the US Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland. Participants will be able to climb up to 20, 40, 80 or 160 floors inside “Big Pink”. The event will be starting at 8:00 am on January 27, 2013.
There are three categories to choose from:
Friends and Family: This group will make up the majority of our participants. This is for those who want to have fun and enjoy their climb for a good cause. All participants will be given a timing chip to attach to their shoe.
Elite: If you're a competitive stairclimber or you are an athlete who likes to compete, this is your category. Elite category climbers will start in the first wave of the event, beginning at 8AM.
First Responder: If you are a firefighter, police officer, military or an EMT you could select this category. This is for Firefighters, Police and Military that will participate in full gear. If you enter as a first responder you will be given specific start time toward the end of the day. If you are a firefighter team that would like to go without gear you should create a team or sign up individually as a “friends and family” or “elite” participant.
How the start works:
All team members will be grouped together with a similar start time (to be announced the week of the event). We will stagger individual starts in 12 second increments. Elite Athletes are scheduled to start the event prior to friends and family as they will be more likely to pass fellow participants. Also, First Responders will go last to avoid passing in full gear.
How many floors are there to climb?
You have four options to select from depending on your fitness level. The Climb in one set of stairwells includes 40 floors. You can choose to do the second stairwell once you ride the elevators back to the lobby and go for 80 floors. If that’s not enough for you, there is the opportunity to do everything again for a total of 160 flights! If you’re unsure about doing the entire first stairwell, we offer a 20-floor climb. Water stops will be provided in both stairwells to ensure you stay hydrated.
1st, 2nd, 3rd place for males and for females in each of the four circuit options. Team speed prizes will be awarded to the teams whose members have the fastest speeds for the basic 40-floor circuit (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place).
We will also announce the names of the fastest male and female in each of the age categories for the 40 floor option. There are nine age categories: 9 and below, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and above. Times for everyone will be posted for all four circuit options
This is a FUNdraiser with a registration fee (see below for more details). The fundraising amount and registration fee are for individuals not teams. So, each person on your team would be responsible for reaching their own fundraising goal. Our goal is minimal but you can set your personal goal at any dollar amount you would like. The sky is the limit!
You can get involved by:
- Registering as a Team Captain
- Joining an existing Team as a new registrant
- Signing up as an individual registrant (download a mail-in registration form)
- Sponsoring the event
- Joining the event planning committee
- Making a contribution supporting a climber
Early Bird Registration (April 2012 - October 14, 2012): $25.00
General Registration (October 15, 2012 - January 25, 2013): $35.00
Last Day to Register On-line: January 25, 2013 - Noon (PST) (only Day of Registration is available after this time)
Packet Pick-up: Coming
Day of Registration (January 27, 2013): $45.00 (plus $100 in fundraising)
Prize Fundraising Deadline: Approximately 3 weeks following event date
DATE: January 27, 2013
CHECK-IN TIME: 8:00 am
STARTING TIME: 9:00 am
Participants of the Kaiser Permanente Fight For Air Climb may park in the Lot 65 Parking Structure located on the East side of Big Pink. Parking cost on Sunday is $3.50 until 4PM.
Check out the "Fundraising Made Easy" page on the main menu. If you need additional help in meeting the fundraising minimum requirement, please contact our office at 503.718.6151. Our staff is happy to help coach and provide fast and efficient ideas to reach your fundraising requirement.
We encourage you to fundraise the minimum $100 toward the cause. This is easier than you think! It is as easy as asking 10 friends for $10. Coaching packets and trainings are available. Please contact our Director of Development, Brian Mayo for more details by calling (503) 718-6151 or emailing Brian at BMayo@LungOregon.org.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The American Lung Association ® is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization, Tax number: 93-0386887. Please make checks payable to the American Lung Association.