Step Up to the Challenge

Day Of Event Details

Parking and Driving Directions

PNC Tower
101 South Fifth Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Event Directions

Event Day Schedule

When do I find out my start time?
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 1, 2018. You should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your climb time if you have taken advantage of packet pick-up on Friday, February 2nd. Otherwise plan to arrive at least 30 minutes 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).

What should I bring on event day?
Please bring any fundraising dollars you have collected and not yet turned in. A list of specific Day of Event information will be emailed to each participant the week of the event. Most importantly, please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!

What can I bring in the stairwells?
You may only bring inhalers, iPods, cell phones, MP3 players into the stairwell with you. There will be water stations in the stairwells. Due to building regulations, we do not allow participants to carry children while they climb in the stairwells.


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.

Awards will be presented Climb Day during the post-climb celebration at PNC Tower.

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 timed climb race option)


  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place


  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place


  • Climb 1st Place Overall Male/Female
  • Climb 2nd Place Overall Male/Female
  • Climb 3rd Place Overall Male/Female
  • Fastest Male/Female in each age group
  • Highest Fundraising Corporate Team
  • Highest Fundraising Friends & Family Team
  • Highest Fundraising Individual
  • Fastest Family/Friends Team (must have 3 or more on team for this award)
  • Fastest Corporate Team (must have 3 or more on team for this award)
  • Awesome Team T-shirt Award
  • Most Spirited Team Award
  • Special Award for 1st Climber to register for 2018 Climb Louisville
  • Special Award for Climber traveling the greatest distance


  • Highest Fundraising Firefighter Team
  • Highest Fundraising First Responder Team
  • Fastest Firefighter Team
  • Fastest First Responder Team

Safety Procedures and Climber Etiquette

To ensure the safety of all climbers and allow for the best experience, please pass slower climbers on the wall without the rail, and let them know you are coming from behind to pass. You should always climb on the rail side of the stairwell. Emergency teams will be located at the bottom and top in case you need assistance. Volunteers will be available at the water stations to notify them if you need help.

Trained medical personnel will be located floors 1, 14, 19, 28, 36 and 38.

Water Stations

Water stations are located on floors 6, 14, 19, 28, 36 and 38. Water bottles are not allowed in the stairwells, as it is a safety hazard.


Always announce your presence and your intent to pass the slower climber. Climb on the rail side of the stairwell. Pass on the left side.


Please note that all climbers must be at least 7 years old by event day in order to participate. Any climber under the age of 18 must climb with an adult, and must not be left alone under any circumstances. For adults who climb at a faster pace, please note that your child may not be left unattended while you climb. Please make arrangements accordingly. Due to building regulations, your safety, and that of your child, child toting is not allowed.

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