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.
COVID-19. Lung Cancer. Lung disease. Clean Air. That’s why we Climb.
We're taking the Climb outside and around the world in 2021. 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 on Saturday, May 22nd at Highmark Stadium as we climb approximately 620 steps for our reimagined Climb. Please read the important information about our Climb below and check our FAQ page for all important event information..
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 option for those who can’t make it to the event, and those participating in our in-person Climb can use Climb Your Way as a great training opportunity.
Our FAQ page has information on event day, fundraising, and other details you may need answers to!
Registration will CLOSE on Friday, May 14th at midnight. This will allow us to best prep for start times and plan accordingly for the mandatory packet pick-ups that will happen during the week of May 16th. We will not accept any registrations after May 14th and we will not have day-of-event registration. No exceptions!
We will be hosting mandatory packet pick-ups during the week leading up to the event. This will allow for us to eliminate mass gatherings at registration the day of the event. At packet pick-up, you will be able to pick up your bib, t-shirt, and any additional earned incentives as well as turn in any cash or check donations that you have earned. You MUST raise your $100 fundraising minimum in order to pick up your bib. To book your time to pick up your packet, please go to our site here. Packet pick-up times and locations listed below:
Tuesday, May 18 from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company (4591 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075 located in the back parking lot off Rogers Road at the outdoor pavilion)
Wednesday, May 19 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the ALA Offices (2564 Walden Ave, Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14225 pull into where the Connors & Ferris offices are and take driveway straight back to ALA offices)
Wednesday, May 19 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company (4591 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075 located in the back parking lot off Rogers Road at the outdoor pavilion)
Thursday, May 20 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at ALA Offices (2564 Walden Ave, Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14225 pull into where the Connors & Ferris offices are and take driveway straight back to ALA offices)
Thursday, May 20 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at ALA Offices (2564 Walden Ave, Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14225 pull into where the Connors & Ferris offices are and take driveway straight back to ALA offices)
Friday, May 21 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at ALA Offices (2564 Walden Ave, Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14225 pull into where the Connors & Ferris offices are and take driveway straight back to ALA offices)
You MUST raise your $100 fundraising minimum by the time you go to pick up your packet at the mandatory packet pick-up. You must raise your $100 in order to pick up your bib during packet pick-up. You will not be able to enter the stadium to Climb without your bib. If you do not raise your $100 by the deadline, you will forfeit your bib and start time and it will be given to a participant who has raised their minimum on the wait list.
We will be hosting our Climb21 challenge for those participants that are unable to join us in person on May 22. This Climb21 challenge is a chance to “travel” across the world while tracking your steps on our app’s activity tracker from May 2 until May 22. The more steps you complete and the more you fundraise, the more you will earn in extra incentives! To sign up as a virtual participant, please select “Climb Your Way” participation type during registration. In-person climbers will also have access to this challenge as a training opportunity leading up to our event day.
Like us on Facebook and join our new Facebook group - a community space to share fundraising successes, post training tips and photos, ask questions and more!
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.