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How many miles is the Ride?

Each day is approximately 50 miles.

What is the Fight For Air Ride Route?

The 2018 route will be published and communicated on or before May 18, 2018. Please note: due to construction projects and road hazards, the mileage may vary slightly from year to year.

How do I sign up?

You can register online by choosing the Register option above and specifying your participation type (Team Captain, Team Member, Individual, or Volunteer).

When is the event?

If you are participating in the 3-day event, you will begin on Friday, June 8, 2018, and return on Sunday, June 10, 2018. If you are participating in the 2-day event, you will begin on Saturday, June 9, 2018, and return on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Participants who ride on Friday and Sunday and use Saturday as a rest day, must still register as a 3-Day Rider. All 2-Day Riders are required to start on Saturday, and end on Sunday. 

Where does the event begin?

The event begins at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL, to the Abbey Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, WI. You may park your vehicle at the college, (a permit will be provided to you at registration) to ensure no towing/fees for the entirety of the weekend. On the final day, Sunday, June 10, participants will return to the College.

What time does it start? 

A group start leaves McHenry County College at 8:00 a.m. on your start day. Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. To view the full schedule, please click here

How do I get there?

You can view directions here.

What is the schedule for the weekend? 

To view full schedule, please click here

What is the fundraising minimum?

Fight For Air Ride participants are responsible for raising the fundraising minimum associated with the size of their team as of Monday, June 4, 2018 (see below for fundraising minimums). Fight For Air Ride participants are responsible for any uncollected pledges that represent the minimum. Participants have until Event Check-In (Friday, June 8, 2018 or Saturday, June 9, 2018) to raise the fundraising minimum or pay the amount. If a Rider is unable to attend, it is his/her responsibility to find someone to take his/her place AND commit to raising the fundraising minimum. If a Rider is unable to ride due to injury, but is still able to attend the event, he/she will still be provided a room and meals at the Abbey Resort.

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What if I cannot raise the minimum required for the event?

This event is a signature fundraising event of the American Lung Association, designed to raise funds to support programs and services provided by the Lung Association. We encourage participants to use the tools provided by the website and tips suggested by the Lung Association events staff to help you raise funds before event day.  If you are unable to meet your minimum by event day, you will be asked to present a credit card to pay the balance. Registrations cannot be cancelled, but may be transferable.

Is there an age requirement to participate? 

Yes. Participants must be at least 5 years old to participate as an individual rider. 

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

What is a Matching Gift?

Many employers will match donations made by members of their staff. Please check with your Human Resources and/or Finance department to see if they have a matching gift program. Matching gifts can be submitted to our office at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60601. Matching gifts can be counted toward your fundraising minimum only if the check is received by event day.  Check out to see if your company matches.

What is a Team Captain?

Whether you are a first time team captain or a seasoned veteran, you are a part of a very special group of dedicated cyclists that is helping the American Lung Association finish the fight by providing leadership and motivation to a team of your family, friends, and co-workers. Each team captain guides his/her team members throughout the process, from online registration to setting and achieving their fundraising goals. Team Captains should encourage their team members to personalize their fundraising pages, send e-mails to family and co-workers, reach their overall goals and have a great time. 

Where can I send my donations?

Donations can be sent to the local American Lung Association office: 

American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
c/o Fight For Air Ride
55 West Wacker Drive  l  Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601

Checks should be made payable to the American Lung Association.

Where can I get a pledge form?

Click here to print a pledge form.

Are there rest stops on the route?

Each route, each day, has two rest stops staffed with friendly and helpful volunteers, refreshments and bathroom facilities.

What does a "fully supported route" mean?

A fully supported route is supported by SAG (support and gear) vehicles continuously monitoring the route for injured or tired cyclists, bike mechanics and medical units. The route is also well marked to keep all cyclists safely on the route.

What if one of my tires goes flat or I am too tired to keep going?

No worries! There are two rest stops on each route stocked with water, Gatorade, and other nutritious snacks. Bike mechanics are available at the Start and Finish lines for pre/post bike checks. If you can't make it to a rest stop, SAG vehicles and the bike mechanics are constantly sweeping the route, just in case riders need an extra hand. 

Are the meals provided?

In addition to the light snacks and lunch items provided at the rest stops, breakfast is provided on Saturday and Sunday as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday at the Abbey Resort.    Both breakfast and dinner are buffet style. Meals are provided for ride participants only. Additional guest meals can be purchased during online registration or by calling the events staff at 312-781-1100. 

How does my luggage make it to the Abbey Resort?

After you Check-In at registration at the College, you will drop off your luggage, which will then be transported to the Abbey Resort.  When you arrive at the Abbey, via your bicycle, your luggage will be available for pick-up before you check into your room. You are responsible for storing your bike in your room. 

Does my room cost extra?

No, your fundraising minimum covers lodging for the weekend. However, these rooms are based on double occupancy, so if you do not select a roommate when you register, you will be paired randomly with another Rider.  Note: you may request a roommate during registration. If you would like a single room, you may request one during registration for an additional fee as well. See Room Accommodation on the Day of Event page for more details.

I signed up as an individual, but now I would like to form a team. How do I create a team? 

Please contact the Special Events Staff, and they will be able to create a team for you.

Madeline Cummings
Regional Manager l Development

Kristen Young
Executive Director

Why do I need to bring a credit card to the event, even if I raised the minimum?

All participants must provide a credit card to hold on file for incidentals at the resort. You will not be able to check-in at the Abbey Resort, if you do not present a credit card. 

What should I pack?

Please wear comfortable clothes while riding and appropriate shoes. We recommend bringing sunscreen and rain gear (for adverse weather). We will have water and Gatorade available for you on the route, so have a water bottle ready to fill up. Friday night dinner is typically outside (weather permitting) by the harbor. Saturday night dinner will be a banquet style event, hosted indoors. Dress is casual. Bring a swimsuit if you plan to enjoy the amenities at the Abbey Resort. You must bring a credit card to hold for incidentals for your hotel room *see question above*


As a non-profit organization, the American Lung Association considers the registration fee and pledges a donation and unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds. The ride will be held rain or shine.

Additional Questions

If your question was not answered above, please contact one of the following special event staff:

Madeline Cummings
Regional Manager  l  Development

Kristen Young
Executive Director

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