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Step Up to the Challenge

Day Of Event Details

Parking and Driving Directions

1230 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Event Directions

Parking Instructions

Promenade Building and Parking Deck is accessible from 15th Street.  Parking will be $5 on event day.

If parking in the building deck, use the 15th street entrance.  To get to the event area, exit parking deck to 15th street and turn right. Walk around sidewalk toward building.  Take stairs to Promenade Level to registration and event area.

If taking Marta, exit Arts Marta Station to 15th Street, take a left on 15th Street and walk toward Peachtree Street.  Promenade will be across the street.  Take stairs at side of building to Promenade Level.  Art Studio and Stairwell 1 will be to the right at the top of the stairs. 

Event Day Schedule


CHECK IN AND REGISTRATION: Every participant is required to sign a waiver on event day. To expidite registration download waiver here. If you have money to turn in please go to the Cashier/Race Day Registration table before you check in to receive your bib.

CHAMPIONS CLUB CHECK IN: Participants who raise $500 or more will check in at the Designated Champions Club Area. You DO NOT need to go to the registration area.

FUNDRAISING REMINDER: Participants are required to meet the $100 fundraising minimum by the day of the climb in order to participate. Donations can be made here online or brought with you to the Climb.


Top 3 Fundraisers and Champions Club members in non-firefighter and firefighter categories will line up at the designated Champions Club starting line. We ask that participants arrive at least 30 minutes early to allow for check-in, etc. Climbers will climb individually in 10 second intervals. Firefighters will climb in 15 to 20 second intervals. **Special Note: Champions Club membership is based on individual fundraising of $500 or more. Members may choose to start in the Champions Club line or with team.


  • 8:30 AM | Top 3 Fundraisers and Champions Club
  • 8:45 AM | All Climbers
  • 10:00 AM | Power Hour 


  • 11:00 AM | Top 3 Fundraisers and Champions Club (times may vary depending on non-firefighter finish)
  • 11:15 AM | All Firefighters

Firefighters must be registered by 10:00 AM.


Firefighters: You must be a certified firefighter or recruit currently employed full time by department and enrolled in certified fire recruit training to compete in the firefighter division. You must show agency/department I.D. at check in and have proper gear.

Gear requirements: FULL structural firefighting gear - boots, pants, and coat (liners intact), helmet and gloves. Hoods, mask and SCBA will not be worn. Gear must be worn at all times while climbing. Jacket may be unzipped.

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. In the event that your fire department does not issue bunker gear, boots or helmets that comply, entrants must use the gear issued by your department that meets the next most current NFPA requirements.

Each participant will be briefly checked prior to entering the stairwell to ensure the proper equipment is worn during the course of the event. Gear that is found to be not fire department issue, and does not meet current NFPA requirements will subject the participant to disqualification in the Firefighter challenge. In this case, the participant may participate in the non-firefighter challenge.

What should I bring on event day? Please bring any fundraising dollars you have collected and not yet turned in. Please bring a roster of your team members if you are the captain as well as 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.


ELECTRONIC TIMING: The event will be chip timed using the latest chip technology and the services of ORION Racing. Each individual will wear an RFID disposable chip to be in the Overall or Team results and be eligible for overall, age-group and team awards. Since the event is electronically timed, teams do not have to all start together. We will stagger individuals for safety concerns and so the stairwells will never be overcrowded.

TEAM AWARDS: Groups of four or more can form a team and compete against other climb teams. Your team may consist of men and women in any age category. 

Categories include:

  • Corporate
  • Friends & Family
  • Firefighter/First Responder 

Fastest Team Award - The three fastest times on your team will be combined to determine the fastest team award. Each team member's individual time will count toward individual awards. The fastest team in each category will receive a special trophy/plaque.

Most Team Participants - Teams in each category with the most participants will receive a special trophy/plaque. First Responder Teams MUST wear Permitted Gear to be eligible for Team awards.

Team Fundraising Awards - 2 Opportunities to win! 

  1. Teams in each category with the highest fundraising average per participant will receive an award. 
  2. The highest fundraising team in each category will receive an award.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: 1ST Place Overall Fastest male/female will receive a trophy. Medals will be given to 2nd and 3rd overall male/female finishers.

FIRST RESPONDER AWARDS: 1st Place Overall Fastest male/female Firefighter will receive a trophy. Medals will be given to 2nd and 3rd Overall Fastest Firefighters male/female.

AGE GROUP AWARDS: Top 3 male/female in each category will receive a medal for the following age group divisions: 14 & under (minimum age to participate is 12) / 15-19 / 20-24 / 25-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65+.

FIRE DEPARTMENT TRAVELING TROPHY: The Fastest Fire Department Team will win the Traveling Trophy which they will have to keep on display for 1 year. Departments must wear full gear in the Fire Department Challenge to qualify. Teams must have at least 4 members.

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. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed in the stairwell. Including babies in carriers, wraps, backpacks, etc. Trained medical personnel will be on duty at the Climb.

Water Stations

Water stations are located strategically in the stairwell. 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 12 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, children under 12 years of age are not allowed in the stairwell. Including babies in carriers, wraps, backpacks, etc.

Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

Signature Sponsor

Wellstar Actelion Rock 100.5 Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

Emory Woodruff Center Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Polar Breeze Boehringer Ingelheim Truth Initiative Smokefree Atlanta Georgia Society for Public Health Education Cousins Properties Costco Wholesale

National Corporate Team Partners

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