May 15, 20218:00 AM (CT)


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Heather Johnson Heather.Johnson@lung.org515-802-9507

Together We've Raised…

  • Raised:

    Goal: $150,000.00


Every Step Counts

Outdoors, onward and upward.

Des Moines Principal ParkHealthy lungs and clean air. That’s why we Climb.

We're taking the Climb outside in 2021 with our presenting sponsor, EMC Insurance Companies. We’re moving onward and upward, safely and responsibly, so that we can make an impact now to ensure a healthier future for all.

Join us outside for a re-imagined Climb at Principal Park in May 2021.. All are welcome to share in this adventure, whether you’re new to the event or a veteran Climber.


Just like our indoor event, how you climb outdoors is up to you. You can race to the end or take it at your own pace. There’s even a Climb Your Way virtual option for those who can’t make it to the event.

Your safety is always our number one priority. While we are planning for an outdoor event, we are continually monitoring local conditions with regard to COVID-19. Check this page for the most up-to-date information about the event.


We need you in the fight now more than ever. Come outside for the shared challenge, for the camaraderie, and for a world free of all lung disease.

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Our Climb Safe Commitment

Our Climb Safe Commitment includes spatial distancing, health screenings, sanitation protocols, and face masks.

The American Lung Association is committed to the health and safety of our participants and volunteers. We will continue to closely monitor public health conditions and CDC guidelines as we plan for the 2021 event.


Thank you to all our fundraisers!

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Jason Muselman - $1,002.00
    2. Milestone Maria Steele - $910.00
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Dominique Zelman - $870.00
    4. Milestone Kevin Palmer - $763.33
    5. Milestone Personal Gift Todd Ross - $500.00
    6. Milestone Personal Gift Mollie Baker - $500.00
    7. Milestone Personal Gift John Phillips - $435.00
    8. Milestone Kelsie Ferin - $435.00
    9. Milestone Trent Payne - $425.00
    10. Milestone Christina Scaglione - $390.00

    Why We Need You in the Fight

    In March, 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 11 years, the Climbers have raised more than $60 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association. Last year, more than 26,000 participants from 43 Climb events across the country came together last year to raise more than $7 million.

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

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    Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

    Presenting Local Sponsor

    EMC Insurance Companies

    Event Sponsor

    Van Meter Inc. American Equity Insurance UnityPoint Clinic FBFS Mercy One

    Contributing Sponsors

    Ruan Transportation Management Systems YMCA of Greater Des Moines Scheels Otis Elevator Above + Beyond Cancer Central Iowa Radon Iowa Cubs Scott Insurance Services Baker Electric Collins Community CU Community Choice

    Media Partners

    Business Record Mediacom KIOA

    National Sponsors

    National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


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    National Corporate Team Partner

    Kindred Healthcare

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