As your Trusted Champion of Lung Health, we have also committed to fulfilling our promise of responsible recreation. Therefore, the American Lung Association and the Fight For Air Climb events will be moving outside.

With safety being our number one priority, we are continuing to monitor current CDC guidelines as well as state/local guidelines.

The safest environment for gathering is outside in the fresh air, and to create that safe environment, we will be:

  • Spatial distancing and wearing masks
  • Controlling flow and number of people on-site
  • Following strict site sanitation protocols throughout the day
  • Our promotional photography comes from prior year (pre-COVID) events.

    Ultimate Climbers, thank you for your participation in the Fight For Air Climb Kansas City. Your commitment and athleticism adds to the excitement and competitive spirit of this event. This year, however, several limitations prohibit us from hosting an Ultimate Climb experience. Instead, we are giving you a new challenge of climbing both up and down stadium stairs! We hope you understand and “ultimately” decide to join us again this year. We look forward to a fun, unique experience under open skies at Children’s Mercy Park. Let’s climb together safely while raising funds for all those living with lung disease.

    The Fight For Air Climb Kansas City will not be a professionally timed event in 2021. However, we will have timing clocks at the start and finish line to allow for self-timing with the use of personal fitness devices or apps like the Fight For Air Climb App. We encourage you to share your finish time with the Climb community post-event by self-reporting your results within 48 hours of event day here. Please note, we have eliminated formal award categories for fastest climb times this year.

    The Fight For Air Climb route is 1,398 steps.

    Please visit our Climb Your Way page.

    Start times will be available Wednesday prior to event day. You will receive an email link to the start times. You will also receive a "wave number".

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time.

    Details coming soon.

    Get all your event materials mailed directly to you for a $12 fee. Your packet will arrive the week prior to event day.

    Please register with your shipping address if you choose the mailing option. All add-ons purchased will be included with your packet! If you don't opt to have your packet mailed, all items will be available for you at our drive-thru packet pick-up. There will not be an event day pick-up option this year.

    You may only bring inhalers, cell phones, and portable music players into Children’s Mercy Park. Water will be provided at water stations Water will be provided in sealed individual water bottles. Due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

    Due to Park regulations, participants are not allowed to carry children while they climb.

    Please leave valuable items at home as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Out of an abundance of caution, there is not event day Gear Check.

    If for some reason you cannot complete the climb, someone at the nearest water station can assist you.


    The minimum fundraising goal is $100 per participant and must be met prior to climbing. If the $100 fundraising minimum goal hasn’t been met, the climber will be ask to pay the amount to reach the minimum goal before participating day of event.

    The registration fee does not count toward the fundraising minimum. But don’t worry, we are here to help, and we have plenty of fundraising ideas and tips to get you started!


    The American Lung Association is dedicated, now more than ever, to provide you with the Climb experience you know and love. As your Trusted Champion of Lung Health, we have also committed to fulfilling our promise of responsible recreation. Therefore, the American Lung Association will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and give thoughtful consideration to our event’s safety. In order to appropriately protect our participants' well-being and the community at large, the American Lung Association reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or alter the 2021 Fight For Air Climb. If we move to a virtual event, registration fees will be donated to the American Lung Association’s mission to protect lung health.


    We are happy to help transfer you to our virtual Climb Your Way program. This program allows you to climb your way at the time and location of your choosing while still supporting the Fight for Air Climb. Your registration fee will be converted to a tax-deductible donation. Once completed, you will not be eligible to reverse the process and climb in-person at Children’s Mercy Park. Please contact Leslie at to receive help transferring your registration.

    If you are looking to transfer your registration from virtual Climb Your Way to In-Person at Children’s Mercy Park, please contact the Climb Event Staff. If spots are available, you will be required to pay the $35 registration fee and hit the fundraising minimum of $100 by May 31, 2021 to be eligible to participate in-person.

    If spots are not available, you will be added to a wait list and notified by staff if any spots become available. Please contact Leslie at to receive help changing your registration.

    Thanks to the generous support of people like you, the American Lung Association saves lives by fighting for healthy lungs and clean 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.

    If you are wondering how your support impacts our community, look no further! Here are two great examples:

    • The Lung Association awarded 12 COVID-19 & Respiratory Virus Research grants in 2020. Dr. Brandon Dekosky at the University of Kansas Center for Research is a recipient of this 2-year award.
    • The Airways Clinical Research Centers, funded by the Lung Association, is led by some of the best investigators nationwide. Their research focuses on asthma and COPD research. Kansas City is home to an ACRC located at the University of Kansas Medical Center, led by Dr. Mario Castro.

    These are just two examples of the many ways the American Lung Association is impacting our local community.

    Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

    c/o American Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City
    8400 W 110th St., Ste 130
    Overland Park, KS 66210

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

    Many companies will offer to match an employee's contribution to a charitable organization. For questions regarding your company’s matching gift programs, please contact your employer’s HR department or community giving department.  You can also use our company search tool below to see if your employer offers a matching gift program, as well as find information on how to get started.


    You can order a limited-edition Fight For Air Climb alumni t-shirt, tank or long sleeve when you register. 


    Climbing on a team is the best way to enjoy the event. The camaraderie of the shared endeavor is priceless, and it is way more fun reaching the top with friends and family cheering you on.

    To form a team, choose Register as Team Captain. Make sure you have a team name in mind: honor a loved one, make it fun or name it after your business — the sky’s the limit!

    After you register as a Team Captain, tell your team members to select Register as a Team Member and to search for your team name to join.

    Team captains rally friends, family and co-workers to form a team to work together and fundraise for the Climb. Register as Team Captain today!

    Yes! Local event managers are here to support Team Captains every step of the way. We also have several online tools for fundraising and team member recruitment.   Visit our Fundraising page or contact your event manager.

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

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

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