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FAQ

Additional Climber FAQ Sheet - click HERE

The Most Important FAQs to Read

 

1. WHAT ARE THE REGISTRATION FEES?

The registration fee for all climb types is $25 through December 31st. On January 1st, the fee increases to $35.  Walk-on registration is not offered.

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

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

Participants who HAVE NOT met the $100 fundraising minimum by February 17 SHOULD attend packet pick-up during the Friday, February 24 or 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 (based on your scheduled climb time). If you choose this option, expect to be waiting in line for approximately 45 minutes.

3. WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE CLIMB?

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.

4. WILL I BE ABLE TO CLIMB WITH MY FRIENDS?

Yes, as long as you are on the same team and registered for the same climb type. Times are assigned by the specific climb you choose and at the discretion of the race director. Within a team, individuals may not climb together due to the race option that they have registered for (i.e. Two members of a team registered as Elite Climbers and the rest have registered for as Full/Half Climbers. The Elite Climbers will be climbing separately from the rest of their team and vice versa.). Start times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines. Start time requests are not accepted or accommodated. You must climb with your Flight Group (ie your start time).

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

Due to security reasons, friends and family are not permitted at the start or finish lines. They are welcome to join the celebration in the Expo Hall and wait there for you to return to receive your climb medal. There are also several official celebration options affiliated with the Detroit Climb. Check out the FAQ link above for additional details.

If you have additional questions, please call us at 248-784-2000.


ADDITIONAL FAQs

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

You can register online as part of a team or you can register online as an individual the appropriate choice in the drop-down menu at the top of this page.

WHAT IS MY START TIME AND CAN I REQUEST ONE?

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).

WHAT TIME SHOULD I BE THERE?

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.  For a general idea of when your start time may be assigned and the event day schedule, please refer to the Day of Event Details page.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? WHAT CAN I HAVE WITH ME WHILE CLIMBING?

Wear comfortable clothing, appropriate for an intense cardio workout. Expect the stairwells to be warm and possibly stuffy. Proper shoes are essential. Dangerous items, heavy gear and walking sticks are prohibited from the stairwell. Water bottles, hydration packs, backpacks, weighted vests and gear bags are NOT permitted. A waist pack is permitted for those with a medical condition by submitting a request for approval to race staff prior to the event.

WHAT IS A TEAM VS INDIVIDUAL CLIMBER?

Teams are groups of climbers that want to climb together. They can be as small as 2 or as large as you’d like. Each member is responsible for his/her own individual registration fee (there are no team registration fees) and his/her own $100 fundraising minimum.

You can register, fundraise and climb on your own, but you always have the option of starting your own team later.

WILL I BE ABLE TO CLIMB WITH MY FRIENDS?

Yes, as long as you are on the same team and registered for the same climb type. Times are assigned by the specific climb you choose and at the discretion of the race director. Within a team, individuals may not climb together due to the race option that they have registered for (i.e. Two members of a team registered as Elite Climbers and the rest have registered for as Full/Half Climbers. The Elite Climbers will be climbing separately from the rest of their team and vice versa.). Start times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines. Start time requests are not accepted or accommodated. You must climb with your Flight Group (ie your start time).

CAN I CLIMB WITH MY FRIENDS IF WE ARE NOT ON THE SAME TEAM?

We are not able to assign consecutive start times to you and your friends unless you are all on the same team. Creating and joining the same team is the only way to guarantee a spot with your friends. To have consecutive start times on a team you must be registered for the same climb type . Starting or joining a team does not affect registration fees or the fundraising minimum.

WILL MY TEAM BE CLIMBING TOGETHER?

Your official start time and corresponding race bib/timing device are assigned. Times are established by the specific climb you choose and at the discretion of the race director. Within a team, individuals may not climb together due to the race option that they have chosen (i.e. Two members of a team registered as Elite Climbers and the rest have registered for as Full/Half Climbers. The Elite Climbers will be climbing separately from the rest of their team and vice versa.). Start times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines.

WHAT IS THE AGE MINIMUM FOR A CLIMBER?

All participants must be a minimum of 7 years of age on climb day in order to participate.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?

Each participant is responsible for their registration fee and $100 fundraising minimum. The registration fee is $25 on or before December 31st. From January 1st through February 17 at noon ( or until the event sells out) the fee is $35.

This event does sell out - so register early. We no longer offer day of event registration.

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.

DOES MY REGISTRATION FEE GO TOWARDS THE $100 FUNDRAISING MINIMUM FOR EACH PERSON?

No, the registration fee and the fundraising minimum are separate.

WHAT IS A FUNDRAISING MINIMUM AND WHEN IS IT DUE?

All participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 in addition to their registration fee. We suggest reaching the $100 by February 17th so that you can be assigned a climb time. Climbers that have not reached their $100 fundraising minimum by February 17th are the last to be assigned times. Your last chance to turn in the $100 minimum is during your check-in time. You can only climb if you’ve reach at least $100 in fundraising.

I'M NERVOUS ABOUT RAISING THE $100 FUNDRAISING MINIMUM. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING?

Of course! A few ideas for fundraising can include a garage sale, bake sale, or even asking your boss for a casual day for donations at your office. For many more ideas, please log in to your Participant Center or contact the Special Events staff at 248-784-2000.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THE CASH/CHECK DONATIONS THAT I COLLECT?

Donations raised prior to the event can be brought or mailed to the American Lung Association. Please do not send cash in the mail. A pledge tracking sheet can be found on the Participant Resources page (accessible after you register) with directions on how to send in your donations. Donations can also be brought to packet pick-up (listed Day of Event Page and below) or to check-in on the day of the climb.

HOW DO TEAMS SPLIT DONATIONS?

Only cash and check general team donations can be divided among team members. When turning in a cash/check general team donation indicate how much of the donation should be allocated to each team member. For example one $1000 check may be split evenly among 5 team members. Donations made via credit card or online cannot be divided among participants.

MY TEAM HAS RAISED OVER $100 PER TEAM MEMBER; DO I STILL NEED MY FUNDRAISING MINIMUM?

Each team member is responsible to reach his or her $100 fundraising minimum individually, regardless of overall team fundraising.

HOW DO I EARN A T-SHIRT?

Participants who meet or exceed their $100 fundraising minimum will receive an official climb t-shirt. You can also purchase additional climb merchandise from our Climb Store.

WHAT IS THE DISTANCE OF THE CLIMB?

The distance is dependent on the registration option you choose.

  • FULL CLIMB options are 71 Floors (1 flight per floor)/ 1050 stairs
  • HALF CLIMB option is 40 Floors (1 flight per floor)/585 stairs

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE CLIMB?

The average climb time for the full climb is 15-20 minutes, this time takes into account climbers who run (the fastest time recorded is under 6 minutes!) and climbers who walk the course. If you plan on walking, the full climb will take you a half hour to 45 minutes to complete.

IS THERE A PACKET PICK UP?

Yes. Packet Pick-Up times and locations are announced via email and website. Climbers who have not meet their fundraising minimum by February 17th should pick-up their packet during the Friday or Saturday packet pick-ups. Only climbers who have met their $100 by the deadline are eligible to pick-up their packets on race day. No packets will be mailed.

Packet Pick-up will be held during the following days and times:

  • Friday, February 24, 2017 4 PM 7 PM / ALA Offices in Madison Heights
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 10 AM 2 PM / ALA Offices in Madison Heights
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017 8:30 AM 10:30 AM / Wintergarden (Renaissance Center)

 

WHAT TIME DOES THE EVENT START?

Day of Packet Pick-up Opens at 8:30 AM and the first climber takes off at 10:00 AM.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

Please refer to the Directions section of the Day of Event Information page for specifics.

WILL THERE BE WATER STOPS?

Yes, water is located on floors 15, 40, 50, 60 and 71. Signage will be posted to direct you to the nearest water station. You are not allowed to bring any liquids, bottles or Camelpacks into the stairwells. If you do so, they will be confiscated and you may forfeit the remainder of your climb.

WILL THERE BE MEDICAL SERVICE AVAILABLE?

Medical staff will also be on-site for those who need any assistance throughout the event. Any stairwell or water station monitor can assist you and put you in contact with medical personnel. If you must exit in case of an emergency or you are unable to complete the climb, seek assistance from event staff or volunteers and you will be escorted properly. Do not just exit on any floor; there are procedures in place for your safety.

WILL THERE BE A MARATHON START OR RELAY?

The Fight For Air Climb does not have a marathon start and it is not a relay. Climbers will start in 15 second intervals, and teams will be grouped together.

WHEN CAN I GET MY CLIMB TIME RESULTS?

Climb times are posted at the event as they are available. Screens with times and scanner codes will be posted at the Post Climb Celebration. A link to climber results will also be posted on the event homepage, as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds, by the Monday after the event.

WHERE CAN I SEE PICTURES FROM THE EVENT?

Pictures will be posted on the event website following the event. Please be patient as this takes several days/weeks to gather and post all of the event pictures. Past years' pictures can be seen at ala.smugmug.com.

WHAT DO I BRING WITH ME ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT?

Please bring any fundraising dollars you have collected and not yet turned in. A list of specific Day of Event information will be sent to each participant during the week of the event. Most importantly, please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!

WHAT IS A MATCHING GIFT?

Many employers will match donations made by members of their staff. Please check with your Human Resources and/or Finance department to see if they have a matching gift program. Speak to your event manager Jessie Jimenez-Schlicht about matching gifts.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CLIMBING ETIQUETTE (PASSING, MUSIC, ETC), AWARDS AND MORE.  pLEASE REFER TO THE FULL LIST OF CLIMBER FAQS.

WHAT IS A TEAM CAPTAIN?

Being a team captain is a fun and rewarding experience. As a team captain, you will gather together friends, family members and co-workers and encourage them to participate in the event together. Each team captain helps guide their team members, from online registration to setting and achieving a fundraising goal, to seeing them through to the finish line.

WHERE CAN I SEND MY DONATIONS?

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

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

WANT MORE INFO?

You’ve just hit the end of the internet! Usually we’re told we have way too much info on our climb page. Ok. You want more, call us or email us. Snail mail will probably take too long to get you answers in a timely fashion. To really get all the dirt on Climb Detroit, you must register.

Registering gets you access to all the info on climb that we have to offer. But if you’re just not ready to commit to a climb relationship with us yet, call us at: 248-784-2000 or email us at ClimbDetroit@midlandlung.org, we can take things slow, but remember we do sell out (of registration slots that is), so don’t wait too long.

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