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 April 6, 2013. Check in begins at 7:00 am and the climb starts at 8:15 am.
When do I arrive?
If you did not pick up your packet at packet pick up, please arrive at 7:00 am so you can check-in and get your bib and timing chip in a timely manner before your climb time. If you already picked up your bib number and timing chip at packet pick-up, please arrive 45 minutes prior to your start time. Check-in time begins at 7:00 am, opening announcements begin at 8:00 am and the Climb starts at 8:15 am.
How do donations work?
Credit card donations are made to your online team or individual page. If you receive cash or check donations, you may bring those with you to packet pick up or turn them in at the Climber Check In table in the lobby the morning of the event. 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 1001 Fannin. Parking information will be available on the Houston Fight for Air Climb website soon.
Where are the restrooms?
Port-O-Let restrooms are available in the courtyard adjacent to the building. 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 1001 Fannin. There will be water stations every 10 floors and 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 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. Water bottles, back packs, and other additional belongings are not allowed in the stairwell for safety reasons. 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?
Initial climbing results will be posted periodically in the lobby the day of the event. You will receive an email with a link to the timing chip’s website on April 8, 2013 with climbing results.
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?
Please visit the Event Information page for more information.
How old do I have to be to climb?
No persons under the age of 10 may participate in the Stairclimb. Participants between the ages of 10 and 16 must climb with a parent or guardian. Participants between the ages of 17-18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to assist you!