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Step Up to the Challenge

Day Of Event Details


6:00 AM - Warm-up room available; Vertical Mile Check-in Opens

6:45 AM - Vertical Mile Climb Begins

9:00 AM - VIP Registration and Check-in Opens

10:00 AM - Vertical Mile Awards Presentation/Welcome Announcements

10:30 AM - Competitive Climb begins, followed by At Your Own Pace Climb

11:45 AM - Awards and Firefighter/First Responder Welcome

12:00 PM - Firefighter and First Responder Challenge Division begins

2:00 PM - Celebration Room Closes

*Schedule subject to change

It is suggested that climbers arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to their scheduled start time to check in, retrieve your bib and timing chip and stretch.


Early Registration: The Registration Fee for ALL climb types, except the Vertical Mile, is $25 through December 31, 2017. In addition, all participants must fundraise a minimum of $100 to participate for a total of $125.

Late Registration: The Registration Fee for ALL climb types, except the Vertical Mile, is $35 from January 1 to February 11, 2017. In addition, all participants must fundraise a minimum of $100 to participate for a total of $135. Online registration closes at NOON on Monday, February 5th. Walk-ins will be accepted on the morning of the event.

Vertical Mile Registration: The Registration Fee for the VERTICAL MILE is $75 and has a fundraising minimum of $500 for a total of $575. All Vertical Mile climbers MUST contact ALA prior to registering.

Parking and Driving Directions

Carew Tower
441 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Event Directions

Fountain Square Parking Garage Directions

I-75 South - From southbound I-75, take the Fifth Street exit. Proceed east on Fifth Street four blocks to Fifth and Vine.

I-71 South - From southbound I-71, take the exit for Downtown/Riverfront/Third Street. Bear right onto Third Street. Turn right at Vine Street and proceed two blocks to Fifth and Vine.

I-71/I-75 North - From northbound I-75/I-71, follow signs across the river. Take the Fifth Street exit and proceed east four blocks to Fifth and Vine.

I-471 - Follow I-471 north over the bridge. Take the Sixth Street exit (6B) toward Downtown. From Sixth, turn left on Walnut Street. Fountain Square is located one block south on Fifth between Walnut and Vine.

Columbia Parkway (U.S. 50)-

  • Westbound: Take the exit for Third Street/Downtown/Riverfront. Turn right onto Vine St. Proceed north two blocks to Fifth and Vine.
  • Eastbound: Take the Fifth Street exit. Go straight (east) on Fifth St. four blocks to Fifth and Vine.

Event Day Schedule

When do I find out my start time?
All Climbers start times will be posted on the Fight For Air Climb website no later than Friday, February 9th. On the day of the Climb, we recommend you arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your start time for check-in. Check back here for official start times.

All Climbers are given start times, based on their funds raised in 2017 (Super Steppers & Summit Club Teams) and race selection. Start times are used to avoid congestion in the stairs and starting lines. All participants receive an official Fight For Air Climb medal when they cross the finish line and an official participant t-shirt (with the minimum $100 fundraising requirement.) After the Climb, you can take your medal and brag to your friends. You earned it!

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 sent to each participant via email the week of the event and additional information can be found on the Cincinnati Specific FAQs. 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 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 given to climbers and teams in several categories. For more details, please visit 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 in the Main Lobby and on Floors 21, 39 and 45.

Water Stations

Water stations are located in the Main Lobby and on Floors 10, 18, 21, 30, 36, 39, 42 and 45. 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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