FAQ

General

Fight For Air Climbs are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association. They usually happen in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, with you challenging yourself or you racing against other people, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends. We know a lot about lung disease, but there is so much we don't know. Your participation will raise the funds necessary to provide lifesaving education, research and advocacy so we can beat lung disease and soon find a cure.

We have historically hosted two Fight For Air Climb events, at Oakbrook Terrace Tower and Presidential Towers. This year, we are combining our efforts to host one Fight For Air Climb at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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.

We’re moving onward and upward, safely and responsibly, so that we can make an impact now to ensure a healthier future for all.

With safety being our number one priority, we are continuing to monitor current CDC guidelines as well as state/local guidelines. Social distancing will be enforced and we will be limiting capacity on event day. The American Lung Association as committed to the Climb Safe Commitment. We ask you will join us in this effort. Click here to view the Climb Safe Commitment.

We are requiring that all participants and volunteers wear a mask while attending the event. Masks will be required at all times at the event.

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

Join us as we climb up and down the stairs of Soldier Field. We will be offering two routes on event day. Climbers will not be asked to select their route in advance, as it is designed to be a game-time decision between Route 1 (1,279 steps) or Route 2 (1,958 steps) on Climb day. Check out the route options below.

Route 1 (1,279 steps) Click Here

Route 2 (1,958) Click Here

Please note, when you click the link, you must set the “Map Type” to Satellite Map to get the best route preview.

*Route and Step Count is subject to change.

Start times will be assigned and shared the week prior to event day. You will receive an email with your start time and “wave number”. If participating (in-person) on a team, your start time will be based on your Team Captain’s preference. Please note, we cannot guarantee specific start times. Due to safety guidelines, you must climb in your assigned wave number. Climb Your Way participants will not receive a start time or wave number.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time at Gate 0 (south end of the stadium). Climbers will line up with their wave outside of the stadium until their wave is called. Prior to entering the stadium, you will be asked to show proof of your digital health screening.

As a reminder, gear check will not be available. Please leave any unneeded items at home or in your car. You are allowed to wear a small backpack while climbing with any essential items listed in the Climb Safe Commitment

1410 Museum Campus Dr. Chicago, IL 60605

Parking is available for $25/car at Waldron Deck parking garage located just off of 18th Street. There will be signage to direct you once you arrive

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Public Transportation

Red, Green and Orange Linesv The stadium is a few blocks east of the Roosevelt stops on the CTA Red, Orange and Green Lines (about a 15 minute walk or a short bus ride).

You can walk from the ‘L’ stops by heading east on Roosevelt Road from State Street until you cross Columbus. To your left will be a walkway that gently slopes down through the Museum Campus to a pedestrian underpass to get to the other side of Lake Shore Drive. Then, turn right to head south past the Field Museum and on to Soldier Field.

To get to the Roosevelt stop from the north (including downtown) and West Side, take a Red Line train toward 95th, a Green Line train toward Ashland/63rd or Cottage Grove or an Orange Line train toward Midway. From the south and southwest, take a Red Line train toward Howard, an Orange Line train toward the Loop or a Green Line train toward Harlem/Lake.

Buses

You can also use CTA bus #128 Soldier Field Express, which serve Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Metra). From downtown, you can use the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, all of which connect with Red, Orange and Green Lines on Roosevelt. All of these bus routes stop in front of the stadium.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time at Gate 0 (south end of the stadium). Climbers will line up with their wave outside of the stadium until their wave is called. Prior to entering the stadium, you will be asked to show proof of your digital health screening. As a reminder, gear check will not be available.

Please leave any unneeded items at home or in your car. You are allowed to wear a small backpack while climbing with any essential items listed in the Climb Safe Commitment

Gear check will be unavailable this year. Please leave your possessions securely in your car or at home.

You may only bring inhalers, cell phones, and portable music players along the climb route with you. Water will be provided at water stations along the route. Due to stadium 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.

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

There is no after party at this year’s Fight For Air Climb due to safety regulations and capacity limits.

Guests will not be allowed unless accompanying a participating minor.

Missed packet pick-up? On-site packet pick-up is now available. Climbers that need to pick-up their packets on Climb Day must arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled Climb time AND complete the $150 fundraising minimum. . If you haven’t checked your climb time, please click here. You will need to complete the health screening prior to picking up your climb materials on event day. As a reminder, parking will be available at the Waldron Parking Deck and you will enter Soldier Field at Gate 0 (south entrance of stadium, closest to Waldron).

We are unable to host any Training Climbs prior to this year’s event at Soldier Field. We encourage all climbers to download the Fight For Air Climb app to track your steps as your train for event day. Check out our climb training guide to get ready for event day.

To participate in the Fight For Air Climb at Soldier Field, the registration fee is $35 and the fundraising minimum is $150 per person and must be reached by June 4th.

To participate in the virtual Climb Your Way program, the registration fee is $0 and by fundraising $100 you will earn your Climb t-shirt and medal.

To participate in the Fight For Air Climb at Soldier Field, the registration fee is $35 and the fundraising minimum is $150 per person and must be reached by June 4th.

To participate in the virtual Climb Your Way program, the registration fee is $0 and by fundraising $100 you will earn your Climb t-shirt and medal.

Ultimate Climbers, thank you for your participation in the Fight For Air Climb - Chicago. 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 Soldier Field. Let’s climb together safely while raising funds for all those living with lung disease in Illinois.

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.

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.

To participate in the Firefighter Challenge, please select that option during the registration process.

No. Day of registration is not available. You must be registered and fulfilled the fundraising requirement by June 4th.

Start times will be assigned and shared the week prior to event day. You will receive an email with your start time and “wave number”. If participating (in-person) on a team, your start time will be based on your Team Captain’s preference. Please note, we cannot guarantee specific start times. Due to safety guidelines, you must climb in your assigned wave number. Climb Your Way participants will not receive a start time or wave number.

The Fight For Air Climb - Chicago will not be a professionally timed event in 2021. However, climbers should feel free to use personal fitness devices or apps like the Fight For Air Climb app to track their time. 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. Information on how to self-report your results coming soon.

Please note, we have eliminated formal award categories for fastest climb times this year.

You can register as a volunteer for event day Here.

Fundraising

To participate in the Fight For Air Climb at Soldier Field, the fundraising minimum is $150 per person and must be reached by June 4th.

To participate in the virtual Climb Your Way program, the registration fee is $0 and by fundraising $100 you will earn your Climb t-shirt and medal.

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 providing you with the Climb experience you know and love. As your Trusted Champion of Lung Health, we are also committed to fulfilling our promise of responsible recreation. Therefore, the American Lung Association will continue to closely monitor public local health conditions and CDC guidelines. 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.

Should the Fight For Air Climb be altered to be a virtual event, your registration will automatically transfer to virtual participation in our Climb Your Way program. Your registration fee, and any funds raised, will transfer with your registration. Your registration can be credited toward your fundraising. Participants who raise $100 as a virtual Climb Your Way participant will earn a Fight For Air Climb t-shirt and medal. Raise $175 or more to qualify for additional incentive items.

If the Fight For Air Climb is canceled or postponed, funds raised will support the American Lung Association’s mission. You may request to transfer your registration fee to the next event date, but please note that registration fees are non-refundable.

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 89 cents of every dollar raised by our organization goes directly to education, research and advocacy.

- Due to Fight for Air Climb safety protocols, in-person participants will need to meet the $150 fundraising by June 4th. If you have not reached the fundraising minimum by that date, your registration will be converted to our virtual “Climb Your Way” program, and your registration fee will be converted to a tax-deductible donation. Climb Your Way participants who meet the $100 fundraising level by June 4th will earn their Fight For Air Climb t-shirt and medal.

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 Soldier Field. Please contact the Climb Event Staff at EventCHI@Lung.org to receive help transferring your registration.

If you are looking to transfer your registration from virtual Climb Your Way to In-Person at Soldier Field, 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 $150 by June 4th to be eligible to participate in-person.

If spots are not available, you will be added to a wait list and notified by prior to event day if any spots become available. Please contact the Climb Event Staff at EventCHI@Lung.org to receive help changing your registration.

Yes! You are able to bring any other donations in a sealed envelope on event day. As a reminder, the fundraising minimums need to be met by June 4th to participate.

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

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

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.

Teams

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.

Teams can be a hybrid of both in-person and virtual climbers.

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 questions, please contact our Special Events staff.