Where can I find instructions on registering?
To register as an individual, start a team, or join a team, follow the links on the left side of this page.
How do my donations help?
With the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association in Tennessee saves lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Today, our fight is more important than ever. Eighty-one cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy.
What is the Fight for Air Walk?
The Fight For Air Walk is a community event intended to raise funds and awareness for the American Lung Association.
Generally, our events are 3.1 miles (five kilometers) in length and some people walk the distance and others run.
There are usually shorter walk options on event day for those who are unable to complete such a distance.
Walks are being held nationwide in an effort to bring attention to this devastating chronic disease. 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 time should I be there?
Registration starts at 8:30. It is suggested that you try to arrive as close to that time as possible. There will be many things to participate in once registered and we want you to be able to enjoy everything. We will also set aside an area where teams can meet and set up tents. (No tents poles can be placed in the ground. All tents must be weighted down with weights or sandbags. The city will not allow any vehicles on the park grounds or allow any holes in the ground.)
Where should I park?
Parking is available at the Parking deck under Public Square Park. We have arranged for parking to only be $3.00 the morning of the Walk. There is also street parking in the area and at several other decks nearby. Signs directing you to the parking deck under the event site will be located at the entrance on James Robertson Parkway.
What is a Team vs Individual Walker?
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.
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 walk for their team members, but this is not required. Sometimes the team captain serves as a representative at the annual event kickoff luncheon. In short, we need help to rally the troops and the best people for the job are always our team captains.
How far is the walk?
There will be two Walk routes, a traditional 5K and a shorter Fun Walk.
Are pets allowed?
Dogs are allowed if they are well behaved and crowd friendly.
How do I sign up?
You can register online by clicking here (link to registration page) or you can call our office and register over the phone during normal business hours at 800-LUNG-USA.
How much does it cost to participate?
There is no cost to participate in this event. However, this is a fundraiser and we encourage all participants to raise some money or bring a donation. All individual participants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a complimentary Walk t-shirt.
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 Participant Resources page with directions on how to send in your donations. Donations can also be brought to the Lung Association on Banking Day if your event has one (see event information) or to check-in on the day of the walk.
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 to raise $100 to get my T-shirt?
Each team member is responsible to raise $100 individually to receive a t-shirt, regardless of overall team fundraising.
How do I earn a T-shirt?
Participants who meet or exceed raising $100 will receive an official walk t-shirt.
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 Walk FAQs page. Most importantly, please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!
Will medical staff be available?
Medical services will be on-site during the climb. If you need any assistance throughout your climb, any volunteer can put you in contact with medical personnel.
Will team photos be taken?
Team photos will be taken on the courthouse terrace and will be available after the walk at http://ala.smugmug.com/ You can view last year's pictures there now.
Will there be an annual memorial banner made at the walk?
Yes, be sure to sign our memorial banner located in the registration tent. If you are walking in honor of someone who is living with or lived with lung disease, we encourage you to write a personal note or even affix a small memento of that person.