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Step Up to the Challenge

Day Of Event Details

Parking and Driving Directions

Terminal Tower
848 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113

Event Directions

Event Day Schedule

8:00 AM: Check-in and walk-on registration opens.  Walk-on registration is $40 plus the $100 minimum.

8:45 AM: Welcome and announcements

9:00 AM: Competitive and Climb at Your Own Pace Climb begins

10:45 AM: Elite Climb begins

11:00 AM: Firefighter and First Responder welcome

11:10 AM: Firefighter and First Responder Climb begins

12:00 PM: Climb Complete

When do I find out my start time?
All climbers are given flight times, based on their funds raised in 2017 (Super Steppers and Summit Club teams), race selection and at the discretion of the race director. Flight times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs. You will receive your estimated start time by Thursday, March 1, 2018. You should arrive 30-40 minutes prior to your climb time if you have taken advantage of packet pick-up. If not, plan on arriving at least 45 minutes to one hour 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. If you are a team captain, bring a roster of your team members if you are the captain and how much each person raised if not already online. 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.


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+. For more award details, please visit the VIP/Top Fundraiser page.

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 on designated floors.

Water Stations

Water stations are located on designated floors. 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 8 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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