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Step Up to the Challenge


What is Fight For Air Climb?

Fight For Air Climbs are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association. They usually happen in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, with you challenging yourself or you racing against other people, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends. We know a lot about lung disease, but there is so much we don't know. Your participation will raise the funds necessary to provide lifesaving education, research and advocacy so we can beat lung disease and soon find a cure.

Is the Climb in the same building?

Yes!  Same Climb, same place.

What is the address for the Wyndham Springfield City Centre?

700 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701

How tall is the building?

The Wyndham Springfield City Centre has 32 floors and 532 steps!

What is the average time to climb the building? 

The average time to climb the Wyndham Springfield City Centre is 10 minutes.

Where should I park?

Free city parking is available on the street. Additional parking is available in the Wyndham Springfield City Centre parking garage (accessible from Monroe Street). Cost is $.75 per hour.

What should I bring on event day?

We will have gear check available on event day, so you can bring your jacket with you to the event. Please leave all valuable items at home as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Wear athletic shoes you are comfortable climbing in.

Please bring any fundraising dollars you have collected and not yet turned in. If you have collected donations, make sure to also bring the Pledge Form with you to ensure your donors are properly thanked after the event from the Lung Association. We cannot thank your donors if we do not have complete information. And of course, please bring a positive attitude and lots of energy!

What time should I be there on event day?

You should arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. You will be able to view your start times on Thursday, February 22, 2018 on the Fight For Air Climb Homepage.

What can I bring in the stairwells?

You may only bring inhalers, iPods, cell phones, MP3 players and CamelBak backpack 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.

Where can I store my personal belongings?

Personal belongings can be checked into our gear check area on the mezzanine level outside the ballroom.  However, we are not responsible for lost or stolen items so, please leave all valuable items at home. 

What is the age requirement to climb?

There is no minimum age to participate in the Fight For Air Climb, but please use your best judgement.  Participants need to be able to climb by themselves.  

Where can I find race results from 2017 & 2016 and where will the results be posted after the 2018 event?

Finish times will be posted at the event and on the home page of the Climb site within 24-48 hours of the event, or as soon as possible. Once you complete the 2017 Climb, you can find out if you beat your time from 2017 or 2016. If you did, you will receive an extra Beat My Time ribbon for your medal for improving your time!

How do I sign up?

You can register online or you can call our Special Event Staff and register over the phone during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday) at 217-787-5864.

Get tips on how to register, start a team and join a team in this short video:

How much is the registration fee?

Climbers, Virtual Climbers & Firefighters

FY18 SPI Registration Chart

Ultimate Climbers

FY18 SPR Climb UC Reg Chart

Non-refundable registration fee

Can I register the day of the climb?

Yes.  Registration fee will be $45 for Climbers and $70 for Ultimate Climbers.  You will receive your time based on the current schedule of pre-registered participants.

An additional minimum fundraising fee of $100 will have to be turned in before you may climb.

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. 

Does the registration fee go towards the $100 minimum requirement for each person?

No, the registration fee and the fundraising minimum are separate. Registration Fee + $100 = CLEARED TO CLIMB!

Where can I send my donations?

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

American Lung Association 

Attn: Fight for Air Climb 

3000 Kelly Lane  

Springfield, IL 62711

Make sure to send your Pledge Form in with your checks you collect, completely filled out and legibly written. This way, we can thank your donors! Donations of $5 or less will not receive a receipt.

How do my donations help?

With the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association in Illinois 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?

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.


Matching gifts can be submitted to our office at 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62711 with attention to Fight For Air Climb. Matching gifts can be counted toward your fundraising minimum only if the check is received by event day.  

I'm nervous about raising the $100 fundraising minimum.  Do you have any tips for fundraising?

Of course! We never want to turn anyone away. Some ideas for fundraising can include a garage sale, bake sale, or even asking your boss for a casual day for donations at your office. For additional assistance please log in to your Participant Center to download the Climb Fundraising Guide or contact the Special Events staff at 217-787-5864.

Get tips on how to set up your Participant Center in this short video:

How can I honor a loved one affected by lung disease?

UM-FY16-Climb-Stairwell SignsFight For Air Climb Stairwell signs can be purchased to honor a loved one affected by lung disease. Signs will be placed in the stairwell for all climbers to see as they climb to the top. Stairwell signs cost $10.00 each. They can be purchased during the registration process, or by downloading the Order Form and send it to the American Lung Association office (address on form) with your payment, or by visiting our store.  *Fees for the signs will not be counted toward your fundraising totals.

I'm a Fight For Air Climb alumni.  Is there any gear that I can order?

Yes!  We want you to show off your support to the Fight For Air Climb by wearing an official Alumni T-Shirt or Tank!  You can purchase these during the registration process or by visiting our store.  Alumni Shirts will be ready for distribution at Packet Pick-Up & on Event Day!

New Look

2018 Alumni Tanks/Shirts

When do I find out my start times?

Start times will be emailed to participants and posted on the Fight For Air Climb homepage by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018. 

When will Packet Pick-up be?

More information to come!

Packet Pick-Up is not mandatory, but we encourage climbers to pick-up their packet at Packet Pick-Up. Participants who are not able to come to Packet Pick-Up can pick-up their packet on event day.

Please note that all fundraising must be raised and turned in when picking up your packet. Each individual must pick up his/her own packet. Anyone who wants to pick up a team member’s packet must bring in a signed written note from that climber stating they are aware of their friend picking up the packet. All participants will receive a technical tee and a bib with your timing chip on the back. Climbers will receive their medal at the finish line. If you need to register or have other team member’s register, you may do so at Packet Pick-up.

If I do packet pick-up prior to Climb day, what do I have to do the day of the Climb?

If you have more money to turn in, you can do that at registration. Otherwise, you can go straight to gear check and get ready to climb. Please remember to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your Climb start time. This gives you time to check your gear, warm up and find your team. 

Can I practice in the stairwells of the building before the event?

No. The Wyndham Springfield City Centre does not allow anyone to practice in the stairwells before the event. However, we will have official practice climbs scheduled with the Wyndham that will give you a chance to train and prepare for the big day. 

  • Sunday, November 12, 2017   l   2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017   l   2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018   l   9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

How do I train for the Climb?

Check out our Training Tip page!

What do I receive for participating in the Climb?

In addition to the achievement of climbing to the tallest building in Springfield, all participants will receive a finisher's medal, and technical event t-shirt. There will be music and refreshments for you to enjoy in the celebration area.

How do you get down after you climb?

All participants will ride the elevator down.

What if I cannot make it to the top?

Go to the nearest water station in the stairwell. If you cannot make it to a water station, let a team member or another climber know and tell them to inform the next water station they see. All volunteers at water stations will have a radio and will help you out of the stairwell and down to the main level.

Can I volunteer for the Fight For Air Climb?

Yes!  Click here for volunteer opportunities.

What are the important dates regarding the Fight For Air Climb?

We don't want you to miss anything!  Check out the dates & events that you don't want to miss out on.

What is a team captain?

Being a team captain is easy. Captains gather together friends, family members and co-workers and encourage them to participate in the event together. Each team captain guides their team members, from online registration to setting and achieving a fundraising goal. Team Captains should encourage their participants to personalize their fundraising pages with why they climb, send e-mails to other friends, family and co-workers, hit their overall goals, show up to the event and have a great time. Some team captains organize gatherings before or after the climb for their team members, but this is not required. In short, we need help to rally the troops and the best people for the job are always our team captains.

What are requirements for teams?

Teams need to have at least 5 members to qualify for team awards. However, there is not a minimum number of team members required to form a team if you are creating a team to climb at the same time as each other. 

What is a team vs individual climber?

Teams are groups of two or more climbers that want to participate together.  They increase awareness and make fundraising and training easier and more effective, plus they have more fun!  Each member is responsible for his/her own individual registration fee (there are no team registration fees) and his/her own $100 fundraising minimum. Individual climbers can be anyone interested in supporting the American Lung Association, fighting lung disease or seeking a new challenge.  You will register, fundraise and climb on your own, but you always have the option of starting your own team later. (or joining an existing team). If you have already registered and would like to start a new team or join an existing team, please reach out to Event Staff at 217-787-5864. The process is a piece of cake, but can only be done by staff. 

What is the difference between an Ultimate Climb and the Classic Climb?

Classic Climb participants ascend the tower once. For the Ultimate Climb, participants climb as many times as they can within one hour. Participants who choose the Ultimate Climb take on certain expectations. While we do not want individuals to push themselves beyond their capable limits, this event is for individuals who are serious athletes and are therefore expected to climb more than once or twice. 

Can I climb at the same time as my family or friends?

Of course! All you need to do is create a Family/Friends team. By creating a team, you will be assigned the same start time and wave number. Teams can be as small as two people to ensure you climb together. Teams can be as large as 100+ people. In order to qualify for team awards, you must have a minimum of five people registered on your team. 

What does "Full Gear" mean to the Fire Department Challenge?

To compete in the Firefighter Challenge, you and your team are expected to wear official firefighter gear: helmet, mask, suit, boots and tank. Please do not bring your ax. Masks are not required to be worn while climbing. 

Participants who would like to climb with a Fire Department Team, but do not want to climb in full gear are asked to create a separate team and request the latest climb time in order to climb before the firefighter climb begins. To help guarantee that the climbers not climbing in full gear are assigned a start time before their Fire Department Team climbs, we encourage you to use the same team name with a small variation. For example, Fire Department Team Name: ABC Fire; Non-Fire Department Team: ABC Fire Friends and Family OR ABC Fire Supporters

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