Step Up to the Challenge

VIP/Top Fundraisers

Become a VIP Fundraiser and make a significant and positive impact on mission efforts to support all those affected by lung disease.

Learn about these special American Lung Association Clubs & Awards:

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 be rewarded with special climb gear, first dibs to be a part 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 by promoting the climb within the community.

To learn more about the Climb Ambassador Program or to apply, download this form

Meet our Climb Ambassadors!

Super Steppers


Super Steppers will receive early climb times (within their climb) and other benefits. Below is a list of our Super Steppers from 2016 that will have VIP status for 2017. The top five are listed below:

  1. Russell Gill: $5620
  2. Pete Richison: $2623
  3. Zach Shaw: $2250
  4. Meriam Siegfried: $1630
  5. Andrew Feast: $932


Click HERE for the entire list of Super Stepper VIPs!

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 early climb times for their entire team (within their climb) and other benefits.

Congratulations to our amazing Summit Club Members:

  • Columbus Firefighters Local 67: $6268


Mission First Club

Click here to view the members of the 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 your 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?


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
  • 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

Firefighter Specific Awards:

  • Highest Fundraising Firefighter Team
  • Fastest Firefighter Full Gear Challenge Team
  • Fastest Firefighter Team (No Gear)
  • Fastest Male/Female Climber under 40 years; 40 years and above

For Firefighter Award details please visit the Firefighter and First Responders Challenge page.

Note: Fundraising related awards are determined after the fundraising deadline (30 days after the climb date).

Click HERE to see last year’s results.

Need ideas on how to get started with your fundraising? Visit our Fundraising Tips page for more info and contact your local event manager Brittany Sinzinger to put together a fundraising plan to reach your goal.

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