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 May 21, 2011. Check in begins at 7:00 AM. and the climb starts at 8:00 AM.
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 get your bib and timing chip in a timely manner before your climb time. (Registration begins at 7:00 AM, the Climb starts at 8:00 AM.)
How do donations work?
All donations not previously turned in can be brought to the event and turned in at the pledge turn-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 above 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 the First City Tower. Parking will be available. Stay tuned for further details.
Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms are available in the lobby area throughout the event. 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 the First City Tower. There will be water stations, medical volunteers and security on 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 will be located periodically throughout the stairwell. The Finish Line Celebration will also have refreshments available. 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?
Official results will be available on our website.
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?
Fundraisers qualify for rewards at different levels. Please see the Incentives page for details. There will be prizes awarded for fastest climbers, top fundraisers and largest teams.
How old do I have to be to climb?
Climbers must be at least 10 years old to climb. Climbers between the ages of 10-15 must climb with a parent or legal guardian. Climbers ages 16 and 17 can climb alone, do not have to climb with a legal guardian or parent, but must the parent or legal guardian must be on site the day of the climb. Climbers age 18 and up are considered adults and can climb alone without a parent or legal guardian present.
Any other questions/concerns?
Please contact us at 713-629-5864 and we will be more than happy to assist you!