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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.

With safety being our number one priority, we will continue to monitor and follow current CDC guidelines as well as state/local guidelines. Our climb safe commitment may include enhanced sanitation protocols and spatial distancing.

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 feel free to reach out to event manager Erik Maranto with any questions.

Online registration prices are as follows:
In-Person Stadium Climbers - registration fee plus $150 fundraising minimum
Virtual Climb Your Way Climbers - $0 registration fee. $100 fundraising minimum needs to be reached to receive Climb t-shirt and medal

Registration fees are non-refundable.

Coming Soon.

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).

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

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time at Gate 0 (south end of the stadium). 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, a water bottle, and portable music players along the climb route with you. Items can be carried in a small bag/backpack while climbing. Water will also 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.

With safety being our number one priority, we are continuing to follow current CDC guidelines as well as state/local guidelines. Per CDC guidance, masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated people.

More details coming soon!

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 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.

Yes, day of registration will be available on event day. Participants who register on event day will be responsible for the day of registration fee and fundraising minimum.

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.

Yes, the Fight For Air Climb at Soldier Field will be a timed event this year.

You can register as a volunteer for event day Here.

Fundraising

The minimum fundraising requirement is $150 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 Greater Chicago
55 W Wacker Dr Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601

If you are part of a team, please be sure to include your name and team name.

Day of donations can be turned in at the event. In order to pick up your packet, each participant will need to achieve the $150 fundraising minimum.

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 with friends and family cheering you on.

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.