June 3, 20238:30 AM CT


Children's Mercy ParkKansas City, KS view on map


Tammy Rocktammy.rock@lung.org913-353-9166


The Premier Stair-Climbing Event in Kansas City

Whether you're new to stair-climbing or a veteran Climber, you can choose your adventure—how you climb is up to you:

  • climb for the top time
  • race for your personal best
  • take it at your own pace
  • climb with friends and family to honor a loved one

We have participant options for every type of Climber, including a special category for Firefighters and First Responders.

Fight For Air Climb participant standing in front of stairs This is an example caption.

Why We Climb

This event provides critical funds for lifesaving lung disease research, early lung cancer detection initiatives, and continued air quality improvement measures throughout Kansas.

The Fight for Air Climb is nearly 1,400 stairs around the Pitch of Children’s Mercy Park. Assemble your crew: for the best Climb experience, form a team of friends and family, coworkers or neighbors.

Where you'll be climbing

The 2023 Fight For Air Climb - Kansas City, locally presented by Empower, is returning to Children’s Mercy Park, home of Sporting Kansas City. Featuring one-of-a-kind views and the best set of stairs this side of the Missouri River. Children’s Mercy Park is the perfect setting for a day of fun, challenge and camaraderie.

Space on the stairs is limited, so save your spot and register today.

Registration Fees:
$25 Until Apr 15
$35 Apr 16 - Jun 2

Please note there is a $100 fundraising minimum for all climbers to participate at Children's Mercy Park on June 3, 2023


Do Good, Feel Great

  • You are supporting people with lung disease who are fighting for every breath.
  • You are stepping up for clean air across the country and in your community.
  • You are doing something positive for yourself and for people in need.

Health Benefits

  • Improves balance and coordination.
  • Strengthens more major muscles, including your glutes… you’re welcome!
  • Consistent stair climbing as a daily activity helps lower mortality risk.

What You Get

  • Every climber receives an official Fight For Air Climb t-shirt.
  • A sense of accomplishment in a supportive, celebratory atmosphere.
  • A safe, enjoyable event experience with a complimentary pick-me-up snack and water.

Together We've Raised…

  • Raised:

    Goal: $214,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Personal Gift Allison Norton - $2,600.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Margaret Cox - $2,060.00
    3. Milestone Melinda Roll - $1,270.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift Bert Maidment - $1,265.00
    5. Milestone Personal Gift Tess Virden - $820.00
    6. Milestone Personal Gift Kiran Huggins - $710.00
    7. Milestone Annie Pieper - $620.00
    8. Milestone Personal Gift Josef Huggins - $525.00
    9. Milestone Personal Gift Carrie Eaton - $380.00
    10. Milestone Personal Gift Sarah Woodard - $325.00

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    Top Teams

      1. Roll On - $3,205.00
      2. Team "AL" For One - $3,185.00
      3. Empower - $2,795.00
      4. TEAM BERT - $2,315.00
      5. Reddy 4 The Climb - $2,235.00
      6. Southsiders - $810.00
      7. Sgt. Steppers - $675.00
      8. Boot Camp Babes aka Team Logan - $670.00
      9. Legal Breathers - $620.00
      10. Bruno's EZ Breathers - $455.00

      Why We Need You in the Fight

      In March of 2020, the American Lung Association launched a $25 million initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics. At the same time, we're continuing our advocacy work to support clean air and redoubling our long-term commitments to lifesaving research.

      Over the last 12 years, the Climbers have raised more than $71 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

      Join us. Because Every Step Counts and every step makes a difference.

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      Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

      Presenting Sponsor

      Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
      Kindred Northland Husch Blackwell
      Bluescope Construction Olathe

      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


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      National Corporate Team Partner

      Kindred Hospitals

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