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 Deb Roberts - $100.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Kari Prasuhn - $100.00
    3. Personal Gift James Arthur - $50.00
    4. Personal Gift Ann Hegstrom - $35.00
    5. Personal Gift Dominique Zelman - $35.00
    6. Personal Gift Denise Waddingham - $35.00
    7. Personal Gift Michael Riggs - $35.00
    8. Personal Gift Heather Johnson - $35.00
    9. Jennifer Hogue - $25.00

    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

    EMC Insurance
    MercyOne Des Moines Pulmonary / Infectious Disease American Equity Insurance Companies
    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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