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FAQ

What is The Fight for Air Climb?

The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. The Climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers across the country, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers as they climb the stairs of the building to the top! Your participation will raise the funds necessary to provide life-saving education, research and advocacy so we can beat lung disease and soon find a cure.

How tall is the building?

The Carew Tower building is 45 floors and 804 steps!

How do I sign up?

You can register online by choosing the Register option above and specifying your participation type.

How do my donations help?

With the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association saves lives by fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air. Today, our fight is more important than ever. 88 cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy.

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 Amy Ullman about matching gifts.

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.

Is there a minimum fundraising requirement?

Yes, there is a minimum fundraising requirement of $100 per person. Climbers have until event day to meet their minimum fundraising requirement of $100 per person. Climbers who have not met their fundraising requirement on event day will need to pay the outstanding amount in order to participate in the climb.

Does my registration fee go towards the $100 fundraising minimum for each person?

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

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 513-985-3990.

Where can I send my donations?

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

Fight For Air Climb - Cincinnati
c/o American Lung Association in OH
4050 Executive Park Drive #402
Cincinnati OH 45241

 


 

IMPORTANT: More FAQS

How do I sign up?

You can register online as part of a team or you can register online as an individual by following the links under Register at the top of this page.

What are the registration fees and fundraising requirements?

The Registration fee for all climb types is $25 through December 31st. On January 1st the fee increases to $35. Walk-on registration is offered for $35 plus the fundraising minimum after online registration is closed. Vertical mile registration is $75.

What is a fundraising minimum and when is it due?

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. The vertical mile minimum is $500.

What is my start time and can I request one?

Times are assigned by the specific climb chosen by team captains or the individual climber and at the discretion of the race director. All Climber Start Times will be available online and emailed to participants no later than Friday, February 10th. We suggest you should arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your start time. Start time requests cannot be accepted or accommodated.

What should I wear? What can I have with me while climbing?

Closed toed athletic/workout shoes are required. Wear comfortable clothing, appropriate for an intense cardio workout. Expect the stairwells to be warm and possibly stuffy. Dangerous items, heavy gear and walking sticks are prohibited from the stairwell. A waist pack is permitted for those with a medical condition.

Will I be able to climb with my friends?

Yes, provided you are registered on the same team and registered for the same climb type. Times are assigned based on the specific climb you choose and are based on your funds raised in 2016 (Super Steppers & Summit Club Teams), and at the discretion of the race director. Start times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines.

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 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. Individual climbers will register, fundraise and climb on their own, but you always have the option of starting your own team later.

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 (see the WILL MY TEAM BE CLIMBING TOGETHER FAQ below). Starting or joining a team does not affect registration fees or the fundraising minimum.

Will my team be climbing together?

Yes, all teams will climb together. Times are assigned based on their funds raised in 2016 (Super Steppers & Summit Club Teams), the specific climb chosen by your team captain and at the discretion of the race director. Start times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines.

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 wait for you at the celebration reception at the Hilton Netherland Plaza or wait near the elevators for you to return from your climb.

If you have additional questions, please call us at 513-985-3990.

Is there an age minimum or any restrictions?

All participants must be a minimum of eight years of age on climb day in order to participate. Younger children or infants are not permitted to register and participate. Furthermore, registered climbers are not permitted to carry young participants or infants or by using harness devices.

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 to the day of the climb, the fee is $35. Participants who do not meet the $100 fundraising minimum CANNOT climb no exceptions. NOTE: Vertical Mile climbers have a $75 registration fee and $500 fundraising minimum. All Vertical Mile climbers must qualify for the event.

What is the fundraising minimum and when is it due?

All participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 in donations in addition to their registration fee. The minimum is due on or before event day. Donations are cumulative; all funds collected online, cash and check count toward your minimum.

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 donation tracking sheet can be found in the Registered Participant Center. Note you must be registered for the event and logged in to see this page. Donations can also be brought to packet pick-up 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.

What is the distance of the climb?

All climbers will attempt to climb up the Carew Tower 45 floors for a total of 804 steps.

How long does it take to complete the climb?

Competitive Climbers typically finish in 5-10 minutes; Own Pace Climbers will finish in less than 20 minutes; Firefighter Challenge Climbers will finish in 10-20 minutes; Vertical Mile Climbers are given 3 hours -NO MORE - to complete the challenge. For the safety and security of ALL of our climbers and volunteers, ANY participant who fails to COMPLETE the Vertical Mile climb in 3 HOURS WILL BE ASKED TO EXIT THE STAIRWELLS at the first available opportunity.

Is there a packet pick up?

Yes, there is an optional Packet Pick Up available to climbers who have met or exceeded their $100 fundraising minimum. Climbers who have not met their fundraising minimum will receive their packets on climb day. No packets will be mailed.

Check back for packet pick up details.

What time does the event start?

Please refer to the Event Day Schedule section on the Day of Event Details page.

What time should I be there?

All Climber Start Times will be available online and emailed to participants no later than Friday, February 10th. We suggest you should arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your start 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.

Where should I park?

Please refer to the Directions and Parking section on the Day of Event Details page.

Will there be water stops?

Yes, water is located at designated stations throughout the climb. Signage will be posted to direct you to the nearest water station.

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 a relay?

The Fight For Air Climb does not have a marathon start and it is not a relay. Climbers will start in 10 second intervals, and teams will be grouped together.

When can I get my climb time results?

Official results will be posted on the Fight For Air Climb website. Please be patient, this can take up to two days.

Where can I see pictures from the event?

Pictures will be posted on the Fight For Air Climb website following the event. Please be patient as this takes several days/weeks to gather and post all of the event pictures. Pictures will be posted as available. Pictures of previous year's climbs can be viewed here.

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 via email the week of the event and additional information can be found on the Cincinnati Specific Climber FAQs. 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. Matching gifts can be submitted to Amy.Ullman@Lung.org.

What is a Team Captain?

Being a team captain is easy. Captains gather together friends, family members and co-workers and encourage them to participate in the event together. Each team captain guides their team members, from online registration to setting and achieving a fundraising goal. Team Captains should encourage their participants to personalize their fundraising pages with why they climb, send e-mails to other friends, family and co-workers, hit their overall goals, show up to the event and have a great time. Some team captains organize gatherings before or after the climb for their team members, but this is not required. In short, we need help to rally the troops and the best people for the job are always our team captains.

How can I purchase climb merchandise?

You can purchase climb merchandise at the Climb Store.

Where can I send my donations?

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

Fight For Air Climb - Cincinnati
c/o American Lung Association in Ohio
4050 Executive Drive, #402
Cincinnati, OH 45241

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