Step Up to the Challenge

FAQ

What is The Fight For Air Climb?

The Fight For Air Climb is an American Lung Association signature fundraising event. 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 help provide life-saving lung health education, research and advocacy efforts.

How tall is the building?

Your climb up and down the Ally Detroit Center building is a total of 62 floors, and 1,278 steps! 31 floors up and 31 floors down, using different stairwells. 

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, and 87 cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy.

What is a matching gift?

Your donations can go even further with a matching gift! Many companies offer matching gift programs in which the company will match an employee’s contribution to a charitable organization. If you are not sure if you qualify for a matching gift, please use the company search tool below. The tool will provide you with information regarding minimum and maximum match criteria, as well as steps on how to get started.

 

 

Some companies without a formal program may still match your gift, if you ask your personnel or human resources department.

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. Each team captain helps guide their team members, from online registration, to setting and achieving your fundraising goal, to seeing them through to the finish line. Are you ready to Step Up to the Challenge? Register as a team captain today.

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! We have a number of fundraising ideas to get you started, please contact the Special Events staff at 248-784-2017 or log in to your Participant Center using the login button above to access our fundraising tools.

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. Even if you are just a team of 2, if you want to climb with a friend, you must be on the same team AND signed up for the same participant type. If you are on the same team, but signed up for different participant types you will not be able to climb together. 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).

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 LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE CLIMB?

The average climb time for the full climb is 15-20 minutes. If you plan on walking, the full climb will take you about a half hour to complete.

IS THERE A PACKET PICK UP?

Yes. Packet Pick-Up times and locations are announced via email and website. Only climbers who have met their $100 by the deadline are eligible to pick-up their packets. You can also pick up your packet on climb day, but please allow an extra 30 minutes in your schedule. No packets will be mailed.

WHAT TIME DOES THE EVENT START?

Day of Packet Pick-up Opens at 8:00 AM, Announcements are at 8:30 AM and the first climber takes off at 9:00 AM.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

Please refer to the Directions section. Parking is the responsibility of each participant. Ally Detroit Center has a parking structure attached to the building. This would be your best option on climb day.

WHEN CAN I GET MY CLIMB TIME RESULTS?

Climb times are posted at the event as they are available and will be available through this site by the following day.

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.  Visit ala.smugmug.com to see pictures from this event and previous years.

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

Please be sure to include your name and team name, if applicable.

Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

Venue Sponsor and Host

Practice Climb Host

Exhibitor Sponsors

In Kind Sponsors

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