May 7, 20228:00 a.m. CST


Principal ParkDes Moines, IA view on map


Heather JohnsonEventsIA@Lung.org515-802-3195


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 2022 event.

Click here to download our Climb Safe Commitment.

Climb Higher in 2022

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 special categories for Law Enforcement and Firefighters.

Where You'll Be Climbing

The 2022 Fight For Air Climb Des Moines is returning to Principal Park in Downtown Des Moines! Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the Downtown Des Moines skyline, Principal Park is the perfect setting for a day of fun, challenge and camaraderie.

Save your spot at the starting line and register today!

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Why We Climb

  • We embrace a challenge that makes us better
  • Because healthy lungs need clean air to breathe
  • Every step gets us closer to a world without lung disease

Benefits of Climbing

  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Strengthens more major muscle groups compared to walking, running or jogging on a flat surface
  • 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 for supporting people who are fighting for every breath
  • Enjoy a unique event experience with family, friends or colleagues.

Together We've Raised…

  • Raised:

    Goal: $273,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Personal Gift Sara Geiken - $765.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Rosemary Geiken - $390.00
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Denise Waddingham - $385.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift Karen Kordick - $100.00
    5. Milestone Personal Gift Haley Ullestad - $100.00
    6. Milestone Personal Gift Deb Roberts - $100.00
    7. Milestone Personal Gift Kari Prasuhn - $100.00
    8. Milestone Personal Gift Jason Muselman - $100.00
    9. Personal Gift Rob Marinaro - $85.00
    10. Scott Millang - $70.00

    Top Teams

      1. Step It Up - $1,345.00
      2. Team Marcia, Marcia, Marcia - $385.00
      3. Fanny Pack Force - $200.00
      4. Team 27 - $170.00
      5. Team 23:10 - $135.00
      6. Burning Daylight - $100.00
      7. Step Up for Diana - $100.00
      8. Burning Lungs - $35.00
      9. Kanawha Fire Department - $35.00
      10. Kevin's Krazy Klimbing Krew - $35.00

      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 $65 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

      EMC Insurance

      Event Sponsors

      MercyOne Des Moines Pulmonary / Infectious Disease American Equity Insurance Companies Unity Point Clinic  Community Choice

      Event Sponsors

      Scheels Otis Elevator Green State Credit Union

      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


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      National Corporate Team Partner

      Kindred Healthcare

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