Step Up to the Challenge

Day Of Event Details

DAY OF EVENT REGISTRATION for participants will be available for $50 and the additional minimum fundraising of $100 will have to be turned in before you may climb.

Parking and Driving Directions

Seneca One Tower
1 HSBC Center
Buffalo, NY 14203

Event Directions

Ample parking is available near the building. Parking is available in the underground garage (beneath Seneca One Tower) or in the parking ramp across Washington Street (enter at 50 Exchange Street).

Event Day Schedule

7:30 AM - Registration and check-in opens

8:30 AM – First climber takes off

We suggest that climbers arrive 45 minutes prior to their scheduled start time to check-in, retrieve their bib and timing chip, and stretch. Volunteers will be notified by email as to what time they should arrive.

When do I find out my start time?
Climbers will be emailed their individual start time on Thursday, March 8th no later than 5:00 PM. Start times will also be posted on the home page of the website and on our Facebook page.

What should I bring on event day?
Please bring any fundraising dollars you have collected and have not yet turned in. If you are a team captain, please bring a roster of your team members that includes the amount each member has raised (if the amount is not already documented 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, and MP3 players into the stairwell with you. There will be a water station in the stairwell. Due to building regulations, we do not allow participants to carry children while they climb in the stairwells.

Will there be a place to put my belongings while I climb?
Yes, Bag Check will be available in the Lobby for all participants and volunteers. Please note the American Lung Association and Seneca One Tower are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Unclaimed bags/belongings will be returned to the American Lung Association’s office and held for 30 days before being donated or discarded.


Awards will be given out at the After Party following the event (please allow 30 minutes after the final climber) for the following categories:

Civilian - Individual

  • Top overall male & female
  • Top 3 in each age group, male & female: Under 10, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+

Civilian - Team* 

  • Fastest overall team
  • Fastest female team
  • Fastest male team
  • Fastest fitness team
  • Largest team

* Minimum of 4 members on a team to qualify for fastest Team Awards.

Firefighter Challenge – Individual*

  • Top 3 overall male & female Firefighter Challenge participants

Firefighter Challenge – Team*

  • Fastest Firefighter Challenge team
  • Largest fire department team

* To qualify for the Firefighter Challenge, firefighter participants must adhere to the following requirements:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Each firefighter participant is required to use gear which meets current NFPA structural firefighting standards. Gear that is not issued by your department for structural firefighting must meet NFPA 1971-2007 for structural firefighting: Boots, bunker pants and coat (liners intact), helmet, air tank and mask.

Boots: Must meet NFPA 1971-2007 for structural firefighting standards. It is the responsibility of the participant to verify NFPA standards on their specific brand of boot prior to the competition.

Helmet: Mandatory (Hoods are optional).

Tank: Must be worn the entire climb in order to qualify for any firefighter-specific award. It is recommended that they be full. Unfortunately, due to various sizes, capacities, makes and department standards, there will be no official size or weight for the bottle.

Mask: Optional. You will not be eliminated from the challenge if you are not on air.

Gloves: Required.

Tools: WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. No tools of any kind, including tool belt, axe, pike pole, etc. will be permitted on the stairs.

*Any equipment that you take into the stairwell must make the trip to the Finish with you. No gear may be discarded in the stairwell.

* Minimum of 4 members on a team to qualify for fastest Firefighter Challenge team award

Safety Procedures and Climber Etiquette

To ensure the safety of all climbers and allow for the best experience, pass slower climbers on the left side, 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 and throughout the stairwell to notify them if you need help.

Trained medical personnel will be located at the freight elevator in the Lobby and at the finish line.

Water Stations

Water stations are located in the Lobby and at the finish on the 37th floor. There will be water stops available during your Climb as well. 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.


Any climber under the age of 10 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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