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. Social distancing at an in-person event will be enforced. We are also excited to offer Climb21, a new and competitive way to participate in the Fight For Air Climb and a way for you to Climb Your Way! More information about Climb21 located on our Climb Your Way page.

Climb21 is a chance to “travel” the world on your terms with the American Lung Association. For the 21 days leading up to our in-person outdoor Climb on June 12, join us as we virtually “climb” (May 23 through June 12), the steps of famous landmarks across the globe and in your own backyard.

Using our updated Fight For Air Climb app’s Activity Tracker (available for Apple and Android devices), you can track your steps and raise money to earn great prizes while participating in Climb21, our new and exciting way to “travel” and train around the world. Complete local landmarks, take a road trip across the country or explore the world with beautiful and historic locations. The more funds you raise and steps you take for our mission, the more well-travelled you’ll be. From a Localista to a high-skies Jet-Setter to a worldly Globetrotter, you can climb the same number of steps as iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (a towering 2,909 steps).

*You must be a registered climber to use the Climb mobile app.

Every participant will automatically have access to our Climb21 challenge tools as a training opportunity. Once you register, you will receive information about how to complete your Climb21 challenge (May 23 June 12), during the 21 days leading up to our in-person Climb. You will receive a list of 21 landmarks you can “climb” from around the world. From the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, to our local Three Logan Square in Philadelphia, you will be able to pick and choose what landmarks you complete during the 21 days and reach our different Climb21 Adventure Clubs. The more steps you complete, the more “well-traveled” you will be!

Our updated Fight For Air Climb app* (for Apple and Android) includes a new Activity Tracker feature that allows you to track your steps and see how you compare to your teammates and their own activity! The Fight For Air Climb app also allows you to take donations, track your fundraising progress, send emails and texts to donors, and more.

As you reach new milestones for steps tracked, you’ll receive special recognition and even better incentive prizes!

*You must be a registered climber to use the Climb mobile app.

Every participant will automatically have access to our Climb21 challenge tools as a training opportunity. Climb21 is an exciting way to enhance your event experience and train for the in-person Climb while getting to “travel” and earn better incentive prizes and special recognition! Climb21 is not a requirement to participate in the in-person Climb but is strongly encouraged.

Participants will be required to:

  • Stay six feet apart
  • Wear a mask at all times (even while climbing)
  • Bandanas, face gators and face shields may not be substituted for masks
  • Pass a digital health questionnaire 24 hours before the climb and provide proof at check-in
  • Complete a temperature check to gain entry (any participant with an above average temperature will not be allowed to participate or enter the venue)

The in-person event will be based on local guidelines such as capacity limits for in-person events and gatherings. We will be staggering participant start times further apart than in past years to ensure plenty of space for social distancing.

Once you have received your start time via a text message, participants will be instructed to line up at the designated entrance to the stadium to begin their climb (while keeping six feet apart with the help of ground markers and staff guidance). After a participant completes their climb, they will be asked to grab any belongings and leave the venue from a different designated exit to allow other participants to enter as we monitor the venue’s capacity and local restrictions. There will not be an in-person After Party or Awards Ceremony (details of the virtual Awards Ceremony coming soon).

We will not be allowing any spectators to enter the venue. Only registered participants that have qualified to Climb will be allowed inside the stadium.

We have a capacity limitation plan in place to ensure that our top fundraisers are prioritized in participating in person should we have to limit the number of climbers that can take part in the in-person event. The best way to secure your spot to participate in person is to continue your fundraising efforts right up to our in-person event date using our Fundraising Tips and by contacting your local event manager for help.

Our promotional photography comes from prior year (pre-COVID) events.


The minimum fundraising requirement is $100 per person.

Top fundraisers will be given priority should we have to limit the number of spots available for the in-person event. The best way to secure your spot to participate in person is to continue your fundraising efforts right up to our in-person event date using our Fundraising Tips and by contacting your local event manager for help.

Each Climb Your Way (virtual) participant that takes part in Climb21 will also be required to raise $100 to receive their event t-shirt.

Yes, each participant will be required to pay a registration fee. Early Bird pricing is $15 through May 15. Please check back for updates on registration fee past May 15th. **There will be no walk-up registrations day-of.

No, the Climb Your Way (virtual) registration option does not require a paid registration fee. All Climb Your Way (virtual) participants who complete the Climb21 challenge will have access to the same benefits and incentives as someone participating in our in-person event including incentive prizes, an event t-shirt and a chance to win fundraising and climbing awards. Learn more about how you can secure your event t-shirt and earn incentives on our Fundraising Tips & Incentives page.

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!

In order to 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. All registration fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and are not tax deductible. If canceled or postponed, registration fees will still support the American Lung Association’s mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease.

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.

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

Fight For Air Climb
c/o American Lung Association
625 N.Governor Printz Blvd. Suite 2
Essington, PA 19029

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.



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 together.

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.