Step Up to the Challenge


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?

The PNC Tower building is 38 floors and 768 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, 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.

TAKE FIVE CHALLENGE: Want to take your climb experience to the next STEP? To celebrate Year Five of the Louisville Fight For Air Climb we are offering a TAKE FIVE Challenge! Climb the 38 floors of the PNC Tower five times up and down, tackling the steps with fellow “uber-athletes!”

TAKE FIVE REGISTRATION: Because this option is for extreme athletes, registration is $50 and minimum fundraising is $350, for a total of $400. All TAKE FIVE Climbers must qualify. Please contact your local American Lung Association Climb Director HERE for more information.

VERTICAL MILE: That’s right, climb the 38 floors of PNC Tower 11 times + 14 floors in order to complete a vertical mile going up and down! Join a team of other amazing athletes, and challenge yourself to new heights! This is not a walk in the park, but it’s 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 Climb Director HERE for more information.

VERTICAL MILE REGISTRATION: Due to the nature of the climb, the registration fee for the VERTICAL MILE is $75 and the fundraising minimum is $500, for a total of $575.

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 502-363-2652 or log in to your Participant Center using the login button above to access our fundraising tools.

Where can I send my donations?

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

Fight For Air Climb - Louisville

c/o American Lung Association in Kentucky

10168 Linn Station Road, #100

Louisville, KY 40223

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

Will event pictures be available?

Pictures from previous year's climbs and this year's climb can be found at‐climbs/Louisville 

Fight For Air Climb Louisville is Five Years Old!

It's YEAR FIVE of Climb Louisville and we’re celebrating! Carol Schwartz, nationally recognized illustrator, is creating a work of art specifically for the Louisville Climb. Her work will be reproduced on posters and Carol will be on hand for signing after participants complete the Climb. With a focus on science and nature, Carol has over 60 published books and her work has been selected for exhibitions throughout the United States.

Carol Schwartz

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