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To ensure the safety of our immune-compromised participants and volunteers, masks are required for all Lung Association event participants, volunteers and staff, regardless of vaccination status, in official event spaces when in close contact with others. Masks may be pulled down while climbing. Please wear your mask as you enter the event and while in proximity to other attendees to protect the health of others.

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
  • All attendees must complete and pass a digital health screening questionnaire

With safety being our number one priority, we will continue to monitor current CDC guidelines as well as local guidelines. Our Climb Safe Commitment, includes spatial distancing, health screenings, sanitation protocols, and face masks. See our Climb Safe Commitment for additional information.

Register online! You can climb as a team, an individual, or join us as a volunteer. Follow the online prompts to complete your registration. Please feel free to reach out to event manager Heather Johnson with any questions or if you need a paper registration form.

Online registration prices are as follows:
Through March 1st: $25 Registration Fee for Stadium Climbers, Firefighters, Law Enforcement
March 2nd May 7th: $35 Registration Fee for Stadium Climbers, Firefighters, Law Enforcement
Virtual, Climb Your Way has no registration fee.

All climbers, regardless of participation type are required to complete the $100 minimum fundraising requirement on or before event day. Registration fees are not included in the $100 minimum fundraising requirement.

Registration fees are non-refundable.

We are thrilled to be climbing the steps at Principal Park again this year. One lap around the stadium at Principal Park is approximately 834 stair steps.

We have some exciting plans in place for those climbers who would like more of a challenge in the stadium! Check back for more updates as we get closer to event day.

Looking for more of a challenge? Join us for our Single, Double, Triple, Homerun Climb Challenge! Climb the steps at Principal Park one (single), two (double), three (triple), or four (homerun) times! Each lap around the stadium steps will be professionally timed and climbers will receive times for each lap they take and one cumulative time.

We are happy to help transfer you to our virtual Climb Your Way program. This virtual option allows you to climb your way at the time and location of your choosing while still supporting the Fight for Air Climb Des Moines. Your registration fee will be converted to a tax-deductible donation. Once completed, you will not be eligible to reverse the process to climb in-person. To transfer to the virtual climb, please complete our Change Request Form.

If you are looking to transfer your registration from the virtual Climb Your Way to In-Person at Principal Park, please complete our Change Request Form. If spots are available, you will be required to pay the $35 registration fee and meet the fundraising minimum of $100 by the fundraising deadline to be eligible to participate in-person.

During registration, climbers will have the opportunity to select either packet pick-up, or to have their packet mailed directly to them prior to the event date. If the mailing option is selected, climbers will be asked to pay the $12 mailing fee at the time of registration. The minimum fundraising requirement must be complete prior to the event packet being mailed.

If you’ve already registered but would like to change your packet pickup method than please complete our Change Request Form and we will contact you to update your selection and process the $12 mailing fee.

Start times will be announced the week of May 1st. You will receive an email link to the start times. You will also receive a "wave number" and your bib number at this time. To the best of our ability, teams and families will be scheduled to climb in the same waves.

Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your start time.

Volunteers will be available to greet participants and teams at Principal Park and direct them to the start line or to answer questions.

You may only bring inhalers, cell phones, and portable music players into the stadium with you. Water will be provided at water stations in the stadium. Due to stadium regulations, participants are not allowed to carry or wear 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, section guide volunteers will assist you.


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 2022 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. Participants who raise $100 or more will earn a Fight For Air Climb shirt. Raise $175 or more to qualify for an additional incentive item.

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.

Donations can be sent to the American Lung Association office:

Fight For Air Climb
c/o American Lung Association in IA
2530 73rd Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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.

All participants who meet the minimum fundraising requirement of $100 will also receive the official 2022 Fight For Air Climb event t-shirt.


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.

Virtual teams are also a great way to engage in your community and achieve a shared goal together while being physically apart.

Teams can be made up of in person climbers, virtual climbers, or a combination of both.

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.