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As the trusted champion of lung health, the American Lung Association closely follows CDC guidance related to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly and requires evolving strategies to maintain effective public health measures. As such, our COVID-19 safety protocols may shift in response to updated COVID-19 local conditions and local ordinances.

When the local community spread referenced on the CDC map is high, shown in orange, masks are encouraged in high traffic areas.

The American Lung Association reserves the right to adjust safety protocols, up to seven days prior, based on CDC guidance and/or venue, state, and local ordinances. As always, monitor your symptoms and if you are sick, please stay home.

You can register online by specifying your participation type. You can climb as a team, an individual, or join us as a volunteer. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration. Please contact Your Detroit Team with any questions.

Registration is $35*. All Climbers are encouraged to be registered no later than April 19 to ensure they receive the same flight time as their teammates. Please visit the Day of Event Details page to review the the schedule of events and route details.

Online pre-event registration will close at 12 Noon on April 26. Please note there is a $100 minimum fundraising requirement to participate in person, this year’s deadline is April 27.

A limited number of Walk-On registrations will be available during Packet Pickup and on Event Day. The $50 walk-on registration fee and $100 Fundraising Minimum will be due at sign up.

*Registration fees and fundraising donations are non-refundable. The Ultimate Climber Power Hour option is limited to 60 participants and has a $50 registration fee and features an increased fundraising challenge with a $250 fundraising minimum due on April 20. Walk-on registrations will not be available for the Ultimate Climber option.

Yes, this event takes numerous hardworking and energetic volunteers to make every step count! Volunteers can register as individuals, team members, and even form a new team! Climbers are also invited to volunteer before or after their Climb. For more information please contact us at EventsMI@lung.org. To sign up, please click the Register button and select VOLUNTEER as your participant type.

Would you like to lend a hand before the event? Click here to sign up for one of our pre-event volunteer opportunities. For additional volunteer opportunities open to individuals, groups and all ages, please contact our Special Events staff.

This year, you've got options for your Climb!

  • Stadium Climber & Elite Stadium Climber: The route has been expanded for ‘22. Participants will weave up and down the entire Lowel Level covering 1,316 stairs which equates to a little over a half of mile. Elite Stadium Climbers will take the same route, at a different Flight Time. If you are an athlete or experience Climber, this group may be for you!
  • Ultimate Climber: New this year, the Ultimate Climber challenge will be a “Power Hour”. You will race the clock and be challenged to see how many laps of the 300 Level you can complete in just one hour. Each lap covers 1,472 stairs.
  • First Responder and Firefighters: Same route new time! Participants will weave up and down the entire 300 and 200 Levels, covering an estimated 2,123 stairs which equates to about three-quarters of a mile.

The volunteer Climb Detroit Ambassadors have compiled a guide of recommendations for training locations throughout Southeast Michigan. Click here to review recommendations. Teams often will share where their meeting up for an upcoming training in the local Facebook Group as well.

For the safety and fairness to all registered participants, Stadium Climbers and Elite Stadium Climbers will only be permitted to Climb one time. Looking for more of a challenging Climb? Consider the Ultimate Climber option and challenge yourself and the clock with our Power Hour challenge. Registration is based on availability through April 20.

First Responders, Firefighters and Ultimate Climbers: Earn the chance to Climb again! We have a special incentive for a limited number who would like to complete the Stadium Climber route later in the Event Day.

  • Firefighters and First Responders: Those interested in earning a Stadium Climber registration, must indicate their interest by completing this form no later than April 18 and reach a fundraising minimum of $175 by the April 27 fundraising minimum deadline.
  • Ultimate Climbers: Those interested in earning a Stadium Climber registration, must indicate their interest by completing this form no later than April 18 and reach a fundraising minimum of $300 by the April 20 Ultimate Climber fundraising minimum deadline.

That’s a great question! We would anticipate the average time range for this year’s Stadium Climber route will fall between 17 to 26 minutes and for Firefighters climbing in full gear the average time range will fall between 27 to 37 minutes.

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 flight times. If hoping to Climb with others, please be have your team formed by April 20 to ensure you all receive the same flight time. Please note all participant types are climbing at different times and flight times may be hours apart.

Please visit the Day of Event Details page to see the most current Event Schedule as a team to ensure you receive the same flight time. Contact us at EventsMI@lung.org by April 20 if you need assistance forming a team.

Climbers should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to their flight time. This gives you enough time to get through security. Please refer to the Comerica Park security guidelines for current information on stadium regulations.

Thank you for taking on the added challenge of climbing in full firefighter gear. To learn more about gear requirements and the awards that are a part of our annual Firefighter Challenge, please click here.

All Climbers must meet their $100 individual fundraising minimum by the April 27 deadline to pick up their packet*. The Packet Pickup schedule will be posted very soon! Limited packet pick-up will be available on event day.

*Ultimate Climbers have a $250 fundraising minimum due by April 20.

Please stay tuned for instructions on where to go upon arrival and other Climb Day details. All participants will receive an Event Week Guide to ensure they have everything they need to Climb Higher in ’22.

You may only bring inhalers, cell phones, and portable music players into Comerica Park. Per the current venue bag policy all bags, purses, and clutches are prohibited, with medical bags being the exception. Single compartment wallets and running belts with compartments smaller than 4” x 6” x 1.5”, with or without a handle or strap are permitted. Due to venue regulations, participants are not allowed to carry children while they climb.

Please leave valuable items at home and guests are encouraged to take non-permitted items back to their car, we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. There will not be a Gear Check Area this year. Firefighters will be allowed to bring in only the gear needed to compete in the Firefighter Challenge, please allow for additional time to be processed at security.

Please refer to the Comerica Park Security Guidelines page for more details about Stadium Regulations.

Yes! Friends and family are welcome to join Climbers on Event Day! Guests will have a great view of Comerica Park and can join in the celebration on the Pepsi Porch, sponsored by Pulmonx. Spectator entry is free, and guests are welcome to make donation to help us reach our fundraising goal. Beverages and light concession items will be available for purchase with a credit/debit card. Click here to RSVP on behalf of your spectator group.

Climbers will be invited to celebrate their commitment to healthy lungs and clean air with their fellow Climbers on the Pepsi Porch following their Climb. A cash bar and limited concession items will be available for purchase. Climbers and spectators will be encouraged to visit our Partners on site, the Climb Detroit photobooth sponsored by Michigan Legacy Credit Union, and grab some new Climb Detroit gear at the Merchandise Store on Event Day.

Stay tuned for more details on any official post-Climb celebration parties hosted by a few of our teams in The District Detroit area benefiting the American Lung Association.

More information to come on an official Climb Detroit Awards Party to celebrate all award winners and our Climb Detroit participants in the late Spring or Early Summer. We anticipate we will be able gather safely outdoors.

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

Fundraising

The minimum fundraising requirement is $100 per person ($250 for the Ultimate Climb). The deadline for reaching your 2022 fundraising minimum is April 27. Packet Pickup is only available for those who met the fundraising minimum by the deadline.

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 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.

 

Returning Climbers will love the limited edition Fight For Air Climb alumni t-shirt, tank or long sleeve shirt. If you skipped that step during registration, please visit our e-commerce store. Your order will be mailed directly to you and will arrive approximately 5-10 days after your order is placed.

Please stop by our Climb Detroit Merchandise store on the Pepsi Porch on event day to pick up new Climb Detroit apparel and to score a deal on our “vintage Climb Detroit” gear.

Thank you to this year’s fan sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Dedicate a Stadium Fan Cutout to show your support in the stands on Climb Day. Picture in honor or memory of a loved one or a friend or family member that wishes they could be there on event day to cheer their Climber on. Stadium Fan Cutout donations will directly benefit the Climb Detroit annual fundraising goal.

Final orders and pictures are due by April 18. Did you skip this step during registration, or like to support the event with a purchase? Visit our e-Commerce store to place your order and directions for the photo submission will be sent within 3 business days.

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 with friends and family cheering you on. Already registered? Contact us and we’ll be happy to connect you all under one team.

Forming a team will also ensure you receive the same flight time as those you wish to climb with. If hoping to Climb with others, please have your team formed by April 20 to ensure you have the same flight time. Please note all participant types are climbing at different times and flight times may be hours apart.

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.