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FAQ

Top 5 things to remember if you read nothing else:

1. WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION FEE?

The registration fee is $35.00 per person until May 14, 2013. On Climb Day (May 18), the registration fee will increase to $50.00.

2. WHAT IS A FUNDRAISING MINIMUM & WHEN IS IT DUE?

The fundraising minimum is an amount that each participant is required to raise or pay themselves in order to participate in an event. The fundraising minimum that is required for this event is $100.00. This amount must be met by the event day, May 18, 2013.

3. WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

You will receive your start time on Friday, May 17, 2013, and it is suggested that you arrive 30-45 minutes before your scheduled start time.

4. CAN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS MEET ME AT THE TOP?

Unfortunately friends and family are unable to meet you at the top. However, all family and friends are invited to join you at the post-event celebration.

5. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT Joy Blandford, AT (802) 876-6861 OR VIA E-MAIL AT VTClimb@LungNE.org.

FAQ’s

1. WHAT IS A STAIR CLIMB?

A stair climb is when individuals race at an elite level, run or walk up hundreds of stairs. It is sometimes referred to as a vertical road race since it requires individuals to move their entire body weight vertically instead of horizontally. The 438 steps of the monument are normally closed - the only way for the public to access the observation level at the top of the 306-foot obelisk is via the elevator -participants will be given a rare opportunity to see this part of the structure.

2. HOW CAN I TRAIN/PREPARE?

Please review the training tips that are included on the website.

3. IS IT A RACE?

Only if you want it to be. While there are individuals who run up the stairs as fast as they can, the ALA of New England stair climbs welcome individuals of all athletic abilities. You can either race at an elite level or run or walk up the stairs at your own pace.

4. WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION FEE?

The registration fee is $35.00 per person until May 14, 2013. On Climb Day (May 18), the registration fee will increase to $50.00.

5. WHAT IS A FUNDRAISING MINIMUM & WHEN IS IT DUE?

The fundraising minimum is an amount that each participant is required to raise or pay themselves in order to participate in an event. The fundraising minimum that is required for this event is $100.00. This amount must be met by the event day, May 18, 2013.

6. IS THERE AN AGE MINIMUM TO CLIMB?

The minimum age to climb is 10.

7. HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED TO BE ON MY TEAM TO BE CONSIDERED A TEAM?

There isn't any specific number of members required to be considered a team. You can have a team of one or one hundred. However, in order to qualify for the fastest team award, your team must have at least five members.

8. HOW MANY FLOORS/FLIGHTS/STAIRS ARE THERE?

438 stairs - please note there is a spiral staircase at the top which leads to the finish. This spiral staircase is narrow and consists of 21 steep stairs. Check out this link from 2009 so you know what to expect:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu-O1N1aXMg

9. WHAT TIME DOES THE EVENT START?

Check-in begins at 9am and the first climber takes off at 10am.

10. WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

You will receive your start time on Friday, May 17, 2013, and it is suggested that you arrive 30-45 minutes before your scheduled start time.

11. WHEN CAN I GET MY START TIME?

Your start time will be e-mailed to you by 12pm on Friday, May 17 (day before the event). Your start time will also be posted on the Bennington Monument Stair Climb website.

12. WHERE CAN I PARK?

Parking is available on-site, but it is limited. Please plan accordingly. Parking is also available at the nearby middle school which is a short walk to the Bennington Monument.

13. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

It is suggested that you wear comfortable clothing appropriate for a cardio workout. Proper shoes are essential. Running, walking or cross-training shoes are important for a successful climb.

14. WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY PERSONAL BELONGINGS/IS THERE A BAG CHECK?

Unfortunately, there is not a bag check at this event. It is suggested that participants come dressed to climb. Do not bring valuables to the stair climb. The American Lung Association and the Bennington Monument are not responsible for lost belongings.

15. WILL I BE TIMED?

Yes, each participant will be timed.

16. WHERE CAN I GET MY RESULTS?

Official event times for every participant will be available at the post-event celebration and will be posted on the event website on Monday, May 20, 2013.

17. DOES EVERYONE GO UP THE STAIRS AT ONCE?

No, climbers start one at a time and are released into the stairwell in 30 second intervals.

18. CAN I PASS SOMEONE?

Please let the person know that you are passing and a common courtesy would then be for the slower climber to move to the outside and let the fast climber pass on the inside. Please climb single file to allow people to pass easily.

19. CAN I CLIMB WITH MY TEAM?

All team’s members will be assigned consecutive start times (note: this does NOT include anyone in the Elite Climb category). Team start times are based on the majority of the pace that members selected (i.e., run or walk). Every person climbing, whether registered as an individual or on a team, will start alone at timed intervals.

20. CAN I RUN WITH MY FRIENDS EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOT ON A TEAM?

Unless you create a team with your friends, we cannot guarantee that you will climb with your friends. Start times are not based on last names or time of registration, the process is random. Creating a team is the only way to guarantee a spot with your friends, and it does not change the registration fee or minimum fundraising amount. Every person climbing, whether as an individual or as a team, will start every 30 seconds. Due to safety reasons, you cannot run or walk up the stairs side by side. Due to the large number of participants, start time requests cannot be accommodated.

21. WILL THERE BE WATER?

Water will be available at the start and finish of the event. For the safety of all climbers, you are not allowed to bring your own water bottle or Camelpack into the stairwells. Water will NOT be permitted in the stairwells.

22. WHERE ARE THE BATHROOMS?

Bathrooms are available at the gift shop.

23. WHAT IF I NEED TO STOP?

If you cannot complete the climb, volunteers will be stationed throughout the stairwells to assist you and escort you from the stairwell.

24. WHAT IF I NEED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE?

Medical staff will be on-site for those who may need assistance throughout the event. In case of an emergency, contact the closest stairwell monitor to reach the emergency medical personnel.

25. CAN I WEAR MY HEADPHONES?

You may wear headphones, but please be conscious of other climbers and the volunteers in the stairwells.

26. CAN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS MEET ME AT THE TOP?

Unfortunately friends and family are unable to meet you at the top. However, all family and friends are invited to join you at the post-event celebration.

27. WHERE CAN I SEE PICTURES FROM THE EVENT?

Photographs will be posted on the event website after the event.

28. WHERE WILL THE AWARDS BE?

Individual and team climbing awards will be handed out following the climb at the post-event celebration.  The location of the celebration will be announced soon. Individual and team fundraising awards will be handed out after the June 14, 2013 fundraising deadline.

29. WHERE CAN I HAND IN DONATIONS?

Prior to the event, you can mail donations to the ALA at the following address:

American Lung Association
372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101
Williston, VT 05495
Attn: Bennington Monument Stair Climb

You can also hand in donations on event day when you check-in.

30. CAN I GET A RECEIPT FOR MY DONORS?

All donations are tax deductible, and all donors will receive a thank you acknowledgement to be used for tax purposes.

31. I AM VOLUNTEERING, WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE AND WHERE SHOULD I GO?

All volunteers should plan to arrive at 8:00am and should check-in.

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