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The Fight For Air Climb is one of the American Lung Association’s signature fundraising events. These stair climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers to climb to the top of the building! Your participation will raise the funds necessary to help provide life-saving lung health education, research and advocacy efforts.

Oakbrook Terrace Tower
1 Tower Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

The Oakbrook Terrace Tower building is 31 floors and 680 stairs!

The average time to climb the Oakbrook Terrace Tower is 9 minutes and 28 seconds.

You can register online by choosing Register and specifying your participation type – you can climb as a team, as an individual, or join us as a volunteer. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration. Please feel free to reach out to Deena Sarno at with any questions.

July 1 - January 10: $15
January 11 - February 2: $25
February 3 - February 7: $45
February 8 (Day of Event): $55

Power Hour
July 1 - January 10: $40
January 11 - February 2: $50
February 3 - February 7: $60
February 8 (Day of Event): $70

Online registration closes on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM. To register for the event after online registration closes, please stop in at our office at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60601 or call us at 312-781-1100 or register at packet pickup. Day of event registration is available for $55 and $70 for Power Hour.

Registration fees are non-refundable

Yes, there is a minimum fundraising requirement of $100 per person. Climbers have until event day to meet their minimum fundraising requirement of $100 per person. Don’t worry, we’ll help you every step of the way with coaching and fundraising tips. Climbers who have not met their fundraising requirement on event day will need to pay the outstanding amount in order to participate in the climb.

No, the registration fee does not apply towards the fundraising minimum. Please contact Deena Sarno at if you would like to brainstorm fundraising ideas.

A team captain gathers together friends, family and co-workers. Each team captain helps guide their team members, from online registration, to setting and achieving their fundraising goal, to seeing them through to the finish line. Being a team captain is a fun and rewarding experience. Are you ready to make every step count? Register as a team captain today.

  • Ideally, a team consists of a captain and a three or more additional team members.
  • Teams can be classified as Corporate (meaning that they are representing a company or organization), Friends and Family, or First Responder.

No, the registration fee and fundraising minimum are per individual. There are no additional fees for creating a team.

  • Teams provide a way for groups to get involved with the American Lung Association to raise funds and awareness of healthy lungs and air.
  • Teams allow organizations to show their philanthropic spirit.
  • A team provides great motivation to reach a personal fitness goal while enjoying time with others.

Yes! We have several tools available to help team captains: from creating a team page, to helping additional team members register to join the event, and to ensuring your team fundraising goal is met.

  • Mobile App: Download our mobile apps for Apple and Android devices to fundraise and communicate with your teammates on-the-go!
  • Emails: We'll help you through the process of being a team captain by providing you with email templates that are tailored to help you with recruitment and fundraising.
  • Internal kick-offs and informational meetings: We're happy to work with you to have a memorable team kick-off to get your team all fired up!

Our local staff members are here to support you and your team with any questions. We are here to help you be successful in your fundraising efforts and to have FUN!

Thanks to the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association saves lives by fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air. Today, our fight is more important than ever, and 88 cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy.

Many companies will offer to match an employee's contribution to a charitable organization. You can ask your HR department about your company’s policy, or use our company search tool to discover basic information for many company policies.

Use our company search tool below to see if your company offers a matching gift program, as well as find information on how to get started.

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If your company is not listed, contact your Human Resource department for more information because some companies without a formal program may still match your gift.

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

Fight For Air Climb Oakbrook Terrace
c/o American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
55 W Wacker Drive, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601

If you are part of a team, please be sure to include your name and team name.

Results will be posted at the event and on the Climb website within 48 hours of the event. If you beat your time from last year, you will receive a “Beat My Time” ribbon for your medal!

2017 Results | 2018 Results | 2019 Results

Stairwell signs may be purchased, at $10 each or 3 for $25, to honor a loved one affected by lung disease. Signs will be displayed in the stairwell and may be purchased during the registration process, visiting our online store, or calling our office. *Sign fees will not be counted toward your registration or fundraising totals.

Yes! We want you to show off your support to the Fight For Air Climb by wearing an official Alumni T-Shirt or Tank! You can purchase these during the registration process, by visiting our online store, or calling our office.

Start times will be assigned the Wednesday before the event and will be posted online by 2:00 PM. You will receive an emailed link to start times. You will also receive a "wave number". Teams will receive the same start time and wave number.

Friday, February 7th, 2019 | 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Packet Pick-up will be at Oakbrook Terrace Tower. Packet Pick-Up is not mandatory, but we encourage climbers to pick-up their packet at Packet Pick-Up. Participants who are not able to come to Packet Pick-Up can pick-up their packet on event day.

Oakbrook Terrace Tower
1 Tower Lane l Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181

Please note that all fundraising must be raised and turned in when picking up your packet. Each individual must pick up his/her own packet. A photo ID is required. All participants will receive a technical tee and a bib. You will receive your timing chip before you climb on event day and your finisher’s medal after you climb. If you need to register or have other team member’s register, you may do so at Packet Pick-up.

Timing Chips are given out on event day in the lobby. You must match your bib number to your timing chip. Once you have completed your climb, a volunteer will remove your timing chip from your shoe before leaving the top of the tower. For multi-climb participants, take off your timing chip at the top of the tower, after your last climb.

No, only participants are allowed in the stairwell during training climbs and on event day. Oakbrook Terrace Tower is a private building.

All participants will ride the elevator down.

Go to the nearest water station in the stairwell. If you cannot make it to a water station, let a team member or another climber know and tell them to inform the next water station they see. All volunteers at water stations will have a radio and will help you out of the stairwell and down to the main level.

Yes! Just visit the volunteer registration page.

Of course! All you need to do is create a Family/Friends team. By creating a team, you will be assigned the same start time and wave number. Teams can be as small as two people or as large as 100+ people. However in order to qualify for team awards, you must have a minimum of four team members. To ensure you will climb with your family and friends, you must be registered under the same team name.

If one team member is participating in the 31 floor challenge and another team member is climbing two or three times you will be assigned the same start time, but you will climb in different stairwells. Climbers climbing once will be in the north stairwell and climbers climbing twice or three times will be climbing in the south stairwell.

To compete in the Team Fire Department Challenge or the Individual Fire Department Challenge, you and your team are expected to wear official firefighter gear: helmet, mask, suit, boots and tank. Please do not bring your ax. Masks are not required to be worn while climbing.

Participants who would like to climb with a Fire Department Team, but do not want to climb in full gear are asked to create a separate team and request the latest climb time in order to climb before the firefighter climb begins. To help guarantee that the climbers not climbing in full gear are assigned a start time before their Fire Department Team climbs, we encourage you to use the same team name with a small variation. For example, Fire Department Team Name: ABC Fire; Non-Fire Department Team: ABC Fire Friends and Family OR ABC Fire Supporters.

If you have other questions, please contact our Special Events staff.

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