What is a Stairclimb?
Stairclimbs are a new breed of competitive physical events that are growing in popularity around the world. These "vertical marathons" are a great way to challenge you physically.
When is the Houston Stairclimb?
The event will take place on March 24, 2012. Check in begins at 7 am and the climb starts at 8 am.
Where can I find instructions on registering?
Click here for information about registering.
When do I arrive?
It is imperative that you get there at least ONE HOUR PRIOR TO YOUR START TIME so you can check-in and warm up before your climb time. Check-in time begins at 7 am, the Climb starts at 8 am.
How do donations work?
We encourage you to set up your personal fundraising page when you log on to your Participant Center. After you customize your page, you can send emails to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers requesting they support you by making an online donation to your personal page. You can also send out thank you emails, track your progress towards your fundraising goal and much more. If you need assistance with setting up your personal webpage, please contact the American Lung Association Houston office at 713-629-5864 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
You may also mail check donations to the American Lung Association Houston office, located at 2030 North Loop West, Suite 250, Houston, TX 77018. Please have the check made payable to American lung Association and don’t forget to include the name of the climber on the memo line so that that the donations can be credited toward the climber’s fundraising total.
All donations not previously turned in can be brought to the event or Packet-Pick Up and turned in at the Climber Check-In table in the lobby.
Why doesn't my $25 registration fee count towards my fundraising goal?
The $25 registration fee helps cover costs of event, such as event t-shirts, free snacks and refreshments, goody-bags, trophies, etc. Participants are asked to fundraise the minimum of $100 per person and are encouraged and challenged to raise more than the minimum. All donations go directly to helping in our fight for clean air and healthy lungs. And remember, all donations are tax deductible!
How do I get there?
Directions/Parking: Please see the "Directions" link for directions to First City Tower.
Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms are available in the Tunnels and Porta Potties are available in the courtyard area on the east side of First City Tower. Once you start the race, there will be no restrooms available until you cross the finish line and take the elevator back down to the lobby.
Line monitors will assist you at the Start Line. All participants must be in numerical order and will go off every 10 seconds.
How many floors do I have to climb?
You will climb 48 floors in First City Tower. There will be water stations, medical volunteers and security on the designated stairwells for your safety and convenience throughout the climb, if you need a break or need to exit the stairs.
Can teams do the Climb relay style?
No. All team members must complete the climb from start to finish. No substitutions or relay-style racing will be allowed.
What happens if I need a break or need to exit the stairs early?
Volunteers, security officers and EMT will be stationed accordingly throughout the building and the stairwells to ensure your safety in the building. If you need to exit, please find the nearest volunteer and he or she will escort you to a safe place or medical assistance.
How do I pass other climbers in the stairwells?
If you notice that you are "faster" than other participants, please PASS TO THE LEFT OF THOSE PARTICIPANTS. And if you are walking please stay to the right, feel free to use the hand rails.
Where is the water?
Water stations are located on floors 10, 20, 30, 40, and at the Finish line. Refreshments and snacks are available in the lobby. Remember to keep hydrated before, during and after the event.
Can we carry stuff on us while we climb?
I-pods/music devices/heart monitors may be used, but must be worn properly. Cords must be tucked, no loose cords may dangle from your body as could cause injury. (If this is seen, staff, volunteers or security may ask you to remove it for safety reasons.)
What about personal belongings?
The American Lung Association will not be responsible for any items that are lost or stolen. There will be a place to check keys but all other personal items should be left at home or in your car.
Can we carry our things in backpacks during the climb?
There will be no backpacks allowed during the climb. Please leave all unnecessary personal belongings with a non-climber, at home or in your car.
What about safety?
All security procedures must be followed. Security officers and EMT will be stationed accordingly throughout the building and the stairwells to ensure your safety in the building. They will have radio communication in case of any emergency.
How do I view my climbing results?
A link to the website showing the official results will be emailed to you on the Monday following the event (March 26). Timing results will also be posted periodically on the “Timing Results Poster” located in the lobby the day of the event.
How does timing work?
Every single climber is timed, whether you decide to race or just walk. Even if you are on a team, you can still qualify for individual awards. Team times are calculated by the average of your fastest three climbers.
Are there Awards?
Yes, thirty minutes following the Firefighter Challenge, awards and plaques will be given out to fastest climbers, top fundraisers and largest teams, etc.
How old do I have to be to climb?
No persons under the age of 10 may participate in the Stair climb. Participants between the ages of 10 and 16 must climb with a parent or guardian. Participants between the ages of 16-18 must have a parent or guardian on site the day of the event.
Any other questions/concerns?
Please contact us at (713) 629-5864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to assist you!