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:
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. See our Climb Safe Commitment for detailed information. Let’s work together to keep everyone safe!
Our promotional photography comes from prior year (pre-COVID) events.
As you can imagine, the stairs at Comerica Park are much different than the stairwells of Ally Detroit and One Woodward where Climb Detroit is typically held. With limited access to Comerica Park and some tricky aisleways, below are the estimated stair counts up and down for each registration category. The Climb Detroit Team will be returning to Comerica Park after the Detroit Tigers Opening Day to do a final count and double check our numbers, but we know the stair counts should be very close to what we have estimated. For training purposes, we recommend adding an additional 150 stairs to our numbers below to make sure you' be fully prepared on Climb Day. We will be sure to keep our participants updated as we verify our final counts.
- Stadium Climbers, Elite Stadium Climbers: This route will include weaving up and down the Lower Bowl at Comerica Park for an estimated total of 1,076 stairs and equates to about half of a mile. Check out the full Stadium Climber & Elite Stadium Climber Route Map here.
- Firefighters and First Responders: This route will include weaving up and down the Upper Bowl and includes an exclusive Upper Bowl Section for an estimated total of 2,103 stairs and equates to about three quarters of a mile. Check out the full Stadium Climber & Elite Stadium Climber Route Map here.
- Ultimate Challenge Climbers: This route will include weaving up and down the Lower Bowl and continuing up to weave up and down the Upper Bowl at Comerica Park for an estimated total of 2,626 stairs and equates to about one mile. Check out the full Stadium Climber & Elite Stadium Climber Route Map here.
- Climb Your Way: We recommend shooting for the 1,076 stairs the Stadium Climbers will be doing which equates to about 45 flights of stairs up and down.
Yes, all Firefighter participants are to wear full structural firefighting personal protective equipment which meets current NFPA standards. This includes: boots, turnout coat and pants liners included, helmet, gloves, and SCBA harness with air cylinder. No axes or halligans. Turnout gear and tanks must be clean, and gear will be inspected prior to your flight time!
Start times will be assigned the no later than the Wednesday before the event and will be posted online by 2PM. You will receive an emailed link to start times. You will also receive a "wave number".
Please stay tuned for instructions on where to go upon arrival on Climb day.
You may only bring inhalers, cell phones, and portable music players on the stairs with you. Water will be provided at water stations throughout Comerica Park. 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.
Please leave valuable items at home as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. There will not be a coat or gear check area.
Please refer to the Comerica Park Security Guidelines page for more details about Stadium Regulations: https://www.mlb.com/tigers/ballpark/security
If for some reason you cannot complete the climb, someone at the nearest water station can assist you.
Thank you for registering for Fight For Air Climb Detroit! Be sure to check out our Welcome Packet with more information, fundraising tips, and event day highlights. If you have further questions, please contact us at EventsMI@Lung.org or 248-784-2000. For important Climb updates via text, text LUNGS to 484848.
The minimum fundraising requirement is $100 per person. Climbers have until event day to raise the money and if, for some reason they haven’t met the minimum they will be asked to pay it before participating.
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 or more will earn a Fight For Air Climb shirt. 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 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 Detroit
c/o American Lung Association in MI
1475 E. 12 Mile Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
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. If you missed that step during registration, please email EventsMI@lung.org to order.
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.