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Event Information

The 2017 Fight For Air Climb - Detroit takes place in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center tower.  Climbers will complete their climb on the 71st floor in Coach Insignia.  

Finish your climb at the top of Detroit with a 360 degree view of Detroit and Canada! Get ready to take on 71 floors and 1,050 stairs! Half climbers you will take on 40 floors and 585 stairs.

** NEW for 2017 - Sleep in, the 2017 climb starts an hour later **

Fight For Air Climbs are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association. Novice and expert athletes of all ages are welcome to climb. Your participation will raise the funds necessary to provide lifesaving education, research and advocacy so we can beat lung disease and soon find a cure.

Join us at Detroit’s Hottest Winter Event and climb Michigan’s tallest building, the Detroit Renaissance Center. Walk or run, we guarantee that you will have lots of fun and make new friends! You’ll get a sweet t-shirt, cool climb medal, a killer view from Coach Insignia and a rockin’ post climb party, all for raising at least $100 and climbing Detroit.

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The 2017 Fight For Air Climb Detroit will be held on Sunday, February 26th at the Detroit Renaissance Center. Full Climbs are 71 floors for a total of 1,050 stairs and are timed. The Half Climb is 40 floors for a total of 585 stairs and is untimed.

All participants receive an official Fight For Air Climb medal after the climb and an official participant t-shirt (with the minimum $100 fundraising requirement). After the climb, you can take your medal and brag to your friends. You earned it! You can also purchase additional climb merchandise from our Climb Store.

Event Day Schedule*

  • 8:30 AM First Wave of Registration Opens, Expo Opens
  • 9:30 AM Welcome Announcements
  • 9:45 AM Lung Champion Climbers Begin
  • 10:00 AM - Climb Begins
  • 1:00 PM Firefighter & First Responder Climb Begins
  • 3:00 PM Expo Celebration Closes
    * Schedule subject to change

Registration Fees

EARLY REGISTRATION: July 2016 through December 31, 2016, the registration fee is $25 for all climb types. The additional fundraising minimum of $100 is due in order to climb.

LATE REGISTRATION: January 1 through February 17, 2017 at noon or until the event sells out, the registration fee is $35 for all climb times. The additional fundraising minimum of $100 is due in order to climb. Please note that some climb types may sell out sooner than others, don’t miss out!

This event sells out - so register early. There is no day of event registration.

Registration is open until Friday, February 17, 2017 at noon or until the event sells out by clicking here. After online registration closes, you can no longer register. All participants must be a minimum of 7 years of age on climb day in order to participate.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person or event. That means that once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, whatever the reason. To view registration information, see the sections titled Registration Fees and Climb Options below. Both individual and team registration options are available. There are no additional fees to create a team.

Climb Options

NOTE FOR ALL TEAM CAPTAINS: When registering please make sure you select your team division type as well as entering your company name. If you have a team composed of both Elite and Full/Half Climbers (non-racers) please note that you will not be climbing together.

ELITE CLIMB: Timed. Serious racers and runners. Elite climbers are those that can complete the 70 floor climb in 11 minutes or less. Climbers must have competed in the 2016 Detroit Climb with a finishing time of 11 minutes or less to qualify. This race option is limited to 75 racers. .


  • FULL CLIMB: Timed. Runners, walkers and families. Climb the timed 71 floor option. Open to beginners, intermediates and advanced climbers.
  • HALF Climb: Untimed. Walkers and families. Climb the untimed 40 floor half option. Good option for beginners, children and non-runners.


  • ELITE Firefighter Full Gear Challenge: Fastest of the Fast. Elite Firefighter Full Gear Challengers are those that can complete the 71 floor climb in full gear in 16 minutes or less. Climbers must have competed in the 2016 Detroit Climb with a finishing time of 15 minutes or less to qualify. This race option is limited to 50 racers. No civilians.
  • Firefighter Full Gear Challenge: Current professional full time, part-time and volunteer firefighters. Firefighters are to wear full structural firefighting personal protective equipment which meets current NFPA standards including tanks, boots, lining, etc. No axes, oxygen not on. No civilians.

Other Responders (No gear firefighters, EMT, EMS, Military): Full time, part-time and volunteer fire (partial/no gear) EMTs, EMS and Military climbing in uniform, plain clothes, bunk, branch or station shirts. No civilians.

Law Enforcement: Police/Law Enforcement ready to take on the Fight For Air Climb challenge. No civilians.

Start Times

All Climbers are given flight times, based on their funds raised in 2016 (Super Steppers & Summit Club Teams) and race selection. Flight times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines.

Times are assigned by the specific climb you choose and at the discretion of the race director. You will receive your estimated start time by Thursday, February 23, 2017. You should arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your climb time if you have taken advantage of packet pick-up. If not, plan on arriving at least one hour before your estimated climb time. Start time requests are not accepted or accommodated. You must climb with your Flight Group (ie your start time).

Packet Pick-up Information

Each participant is responsible for their registration fee and $100 fundraising minimum. Participants who do not meet the $100 fundraising minimum CANNOT climb no exceptions.

Participants who HAVE NOT met the $100 fundraising minimum by February 17 SHOULD attend packet pick-up during the Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25 offerings. This will give you enough time to turn in funds and ask questions.

Participants may also pick-up their race packet during any packet pick-up offering, including event day from 8:30 AM -10:30 AM. If you choose this option, expect to be waiting in line for approximately 45 minutes.

A packet release waiver will be emailed to each climber along with the Day of Event info (such as BIB numbers and climb times) the week of the climb. You must sign this waiver and turn it in order to pick-up your packet. You may pick up a packet for another individual, but they must have met the $100 fundraising requirement and given you their signed packet release waiver to do so.

  • Friday Packet Pick-up will be held at the ALA offices in Madison Heights from 4 PM -7 PM.
  • Saturday Packet Pick-up will be held at the ALA offices in Madison Heights from 10 AM - 2 PM.
  • Day of Event Packet Pick-up will be held in the GM Wintergarden of the Renaissance Center from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Firefighter and First Responder packet pick-up will be open until Noon).

    Packets will not be mailed.


As a registered participant, you're responsible for raising a minimum of $100 to be eligible to climb. This is easier than you think! It’s as simple as asking 10 friends for $10. You can also utilize your personal fundraising page, which allows you to fundraise via email with the click of a "Send" button!

Click here to learn more about the available incentive prizes! You can also purchase additional climb merchandise from our Climb Store.

Our online fundraising tools make fundraising quick and simple. For fundraising assistance, please contact 248-784-2000. We can help you personalize your webpage, draft a fundraising letter and create a fundraising plan designed for you!

Credit card donations can be made directly to your fundraising website. Any offline donations (cash and checks) that are collected can be mailed to:

Climb Detroit
c/o American Lung Association in Michigan
1475 E 12 Mile Road
Madison Heights MI 48071

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The American Lung Association ® is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization. Please make checks payable to the American Lung Association and mail to 1475 E 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071, Attn: Climb Detroit.


All participants will be divided into the following age groups for award purposes:

  • 11 and under, 12-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Awards will be given to Climbers and Team in several categories. For more Award details please visit the VIP/Top Fundraiser page.

How To Get Involved

You can get involved by:

  • Registering as a Team Captain
  • Joining an existing team
  • Signing up as an individual
  • Becoming an event sponsor
  • Joining the event planning committee
  • Donating to a team or an individual participant
  • Volunteering

Volunteer Opportunities

This event could not happen without our amazing volunteers who join together to help make it so successful. We need help with working registration, monitoring stairwells, handing out water, awarding medals and much more.

To register as a volunteer, please click here.

Parking and Driving Directions

Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 48243

Click here for directions to the event.

Event parking is now at the GM Lot at a reduced $8 rate. This lot is credit card in/credit card out. Please come prepared. (Click for map)

Other parking structures in the area will not accept climbers until the GM lot is full.

Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

Venue Host

Bronze Sponsor

Finish Line Host

Practice Climb Host

Media Partner

In Kind Sponsors