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 Columbus’ hottest winter event and climb Columbus’ tallest building, Rhodes Tower. Walk or run, we guarantee that you will have so much fun and make many new friends! You’ll get an awesome tech t-shirt, a cool (NEW!) climb medal, an amazing view of downtown Columbus and a post climb party at the Columbus Brewing Co., all for raising at least $100 and climbing Rhodes Tower!
The 2017 Fight For Air Climb Columbus will be held on Saturday, February 18th at Rhodes Tower. The climb is 40 floors and 880 steps!
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
5:00 AM - Vertical Mile Participants Arrive
5:30 AM - Vertical Mile Begins
8:00 AM - First Wave of Registration Opens
8:30 AM - Vertical Mile Ends
8:30 AM - Welcome Announcements
8:45 AM - Lung Champion Climbers Begin
9:00 AM - Climb Begins
11:00 AM - Firefighter & First Responder Climb Begins
12:30 PM- Climb Complete/ Party Begins
*Schedule subject to change
It is suggested that climbers arrive 30-45 minutes prior to their scheduled start time to check- in, retrieve their bib and timing chip, and have time to stretch.
EARLY REGISTRATION: August 2016 through December 31, 2016, the registration fee is $25 for all climb types, not including the vertical mile. An additional fundraising minimum of $100 is due in order to climb ($500 additional fundraising minimum for the vertical mile).
LATE REGISTRATION: January 1 through February 13, 2017 at noon, the registration fee is $35 for all climb types, not including the vertical mile. An additional fundraising minimum of $100 is due in order to climb ($500 additional fundraising minimum for the vertical mile).
VERTICAL MILE REGISTRATION: Want to take your climb experience to the next STEP? You can do just that with the vertical mile challenge! Climb the 40 floors of Rhodes tower TEN times, to complete a vertical mile up and down: join a team of other amazing athletes, and challenge yourself to new heights! While this isn’t a walk in the park, it is possible, and you’ll be so proud of yourself for doing it. Due to the nature of the climb, the Registration Fee for the VERTICAL MILE, is $75 and has a fundraising minimum of $500 for a total of $575. Join us for the adventure, extra swag, and most importantly, BRAGGING rights! All Vertical Mile climbers must qualify. Please contact your ALA Event Manager prior to registering.
Registration is open until Monday, February 13, 2017 at noon by following the Register links above. After online registration closes, you can no longer register unless you register at packet pick-up or on the day of the event between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM. 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 section titled Registration Fees and Climb Options below. Both individual and team registration options are available. There are no additional fees to create a team. Each team member is responsible for their minimum fundraising fee of $100.
TEAM CAPTAINS: When registering please make sure you select your team division type as well as entering your company name if applicable.
CLIMB: Timed. Runners, walkers and families. Climb the timed 40 floor option. Open to beginners, intermediates and advanced climbers.
FIREFIGHTER: 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.
LAW ENFORCEMENT: Current professional full time, part-time and volunteer fire (partial/no gear), Police, EMTs, Military climbing in uniform. Plain clothes or bunk, branch, station shirts. No civilians.
OTHER RESPONDERS (EMT, EMS, Military): EMTs, EMS and Military climbing in uniform, plain clothes, bunk, branch or station shirts. No civilians.
VERTICAL MILE: That’s right, Climb the 40 floors of Rhodes tower TEN times, in order to complete a vertical mile going up and down! Join a team of other amazing athletes, and challenge yourself to new heights! While this isn’t a walk in the park, it is possible, and you’ll be so proud of yourself for doing it! All Vertical Mile Climbers must qualify. Please contact your local American Lung Association Event Manager for more information.
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 16, 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 45 minute to one hour before your estimated climb time. Start time requests are not accepted or accommodated. You must climb with your Flight Group (i.e. your start time).
Medical staff will 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.
Please check back, closer to the event, for packet pickup location and times.
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 may also pick-up their race packet during any pack pick-up offering including event day from 8:00 AM - 9:30 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 to pick-up your packet.
You may pick up a packet for another individual, but they must meet the $100 fundraising requirement and give you their signed packet release waiver to do so.
Please check back, closer to the event, for packet pickup location and times.
Note: 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! More information will be available in your participant center once you have registered.
Our online fundraising tools make fundraising quick and simple. For fundraising assistance, please contact Brittany at Brittany.Sinzinger@lung.org or at 614-279-1700. 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 sent to:
c/o American Lung Association in OH
5900 Wilcox Place
Dublin, OH 43016
Please do not mail cash.
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.
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, and 70+. Awards will be given to Climbers and Team in several categories. For more award details please visit the VIP/Top Fundraiser page.
You can get involved by:
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.
30 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215
Click here for directions to the event.
Parking Instructions: Official Climb 2016 parking is available at the Statehouse Parking Garage, located at: 1 Capital Square, Columbus, OH 43215. More information about parking can be found on the State House Parking Website.