Step Up to the Challenge

VIP/Top Fundraisers

This page contains information on the various recognition-related designations available to participants - Climb Ambassadors, Super Steppers, Summit Club, Mission First Club and a list of the Awards to be given in 2017 for for climb times, fundraising, team spirit and more.

Climb Ambassadors

The Climb Ambassador Program has been created to inspire and spread the word about Fight For Air Climbs by our most loyal climbers!

The Fight For Air Climb would be nothing without the tremendous support of those who are truly committed to the fight for air. This program allows those who are dedicated to building the climb to be rewarded with special climb gear, first dibs to be a part of our events, discounts and more. It is our ultimate “THANK YOU” and climb community builder!

Climb Ambassadors are a select group that have been handpicked to represent the Climb in our community. Ambassadors earn their memberships by working events to promote the climb, participating in other races as part of the “Powered by Lungs” race team, hosting events, giving feedback and promoting the climb within the community.

To learn more about the Climb Ambassador Program and to apply to be a climb ambassador click here.

Meet our Climb Ambassadors!

Super Steppers


Super Steppers will receive the coveted bib numbers starting from 001 for the highest fundraiser and other benefits. Below is a list of our Super Steppers from 2016 that will have VIP status for 2017. The top four are listed below. Click HERE to see the full list.


  • Kathy Reno: raised $5,476 
  • Pam Marvin: $4,316 
  • Chris Crawford: $3,227 
  • Chris Hagan: $2,927 

Summit Club

This prestigious club is the most coveted and reserved only for teams raising over $5000 in the previous year's event. These teams will receive low bib numbers and other benefits. Below is a list of Summit Club teams from 2016 that will have VIP status for 2017.   Click HERE to see the full list.


  • The Blues Climbatize
    Captains: Kristie Stocker and Mark Tremel
  • Mercury Rising
    Captain: Kathy Reno
  • Solar Stair Stars
    Captain: Mary Donahue
  • Brighton Area Fire Department
    Captains: Derrick Bunge and Bryan Berry
  • Social Climbers
    Captains: Heidi Eversole and Kathy Zalewski
  • Sterling Heights Fire Department
    Captain: Jason Myers
  • Orion Township Firefighters
    Captain: Chris Hagan
  • MANA
    Captain: Lisa Mueller
  • The Sky’s The Limit @UDM School of Dentistry
    Captain: Laura Manning-Lee

Mission First Club


Each year after fundraising events like the stair climb and walk, your local ALA spends thousands of dollars on "benefits to donors" or prize incentives. These incentives are the gift certificates and other prizes that climbers and walkers earn while raising money in support of the ALA's local service programs and important medical research. Many thanks to these generous climbers and walkers who donated their prize incentive back to the ALA. They are the members of the ALA Mission First Club and have truly put the mission first!

How do I join? During registration you will be asked a series of questions before your registration is finalized. Select YES to join the Mission First Club when prompted. Already registered? Contact you climb manger to see if you are already a member or would like to join.

What do I get as a member of the Mission First Club? As a member of the Mission First Club, you will be recognized on our website for graciously donating your prize back to the American Lung Association. You will also receive special recognition before, during and after next year's climb. We could send you a T-shirt or some other prize, but that would defeat the purpose of recognizing the importance you place on putting the mission first, right?

2017 Awards

The Fight For Air Climb is all about the challenge. Climbers and teams challenge themselves to reach the top, raise money, beat the clock, and be the best. While raising money to fight lung disease is our top priority, we know all of our climbers and teams work hard to meet whatever challenge they set for themselves.

Select Awards will be awarded the day of the climb during the post climb celebration in the Climb Expo and Celebration. Additional awards will be handed out at Awards VIP Party (date TBD). Award recipients will receive an invitation in the mail with details.

All participants will be divided into the following age groups for award purposes:
11&Under, 12-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Awards will be given to Climbers in each of the following categories: (1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall awards are based on any timed full climb race option)

  • Climb 1st Place Overall Male/Female
  • Climb 2nd Place Overall Male/Female
  • Climb 3rd Place Overall Male/Female
  • Fastest Male/Female Climber in each age group
  • Highest Fundraising Company (all teams within a designated company combined)
  • Highest Fundraising Corporate Team (singular corporate team)
  • Highest Fundraising Friends & Family Team
  • Highest Fundraising Firefighter Team
  • Highest Fundraising Individual
  • Most Spirited Team
  • Best Team Shirt

Firefighter Specific Awards:

  • Highest Fundraising Firefighter Team
  • Fastest Firefighter Full Gear Challenge Team (included both elite and full gear challenge)
  • Fastest Firefighter Team (No Gear)
  • Fastest Male/Female Climber Under 40 years; 40 years and above.

For Firefighter Award details please visit the First Responders page.

View the 2016 Award Winners

2016 Race Results

Top Fundraisers

Need ideas on how to get started with your fundraising? Visit our Fundraising Tips page for more information and contact your local event manager Jessie Jimenez-Schlicht to help determine a fundraising plan right for you.

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