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We are returning to Hartford 21 and the classic vertical Climb you know and love! Join us indoors and run or walk your way to the top of Hartford 21 for the best Climb yet! With safety being our number one priority, we will continue to monitor and follow current CDC guidelines as well as state/local guidelines.

Firefighter Division participants must climb in full gear including helmet, boots, and air tank. Being on air during the Climb is optional. Our Firefighter participants will climb the stairs following our Civilian participants start times TBD.

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 Janeene Catalano with any questions.

Online registration prices are as follows:

  • $35 starting January 12 through March 28 at 11:59pm
  • Online registration closes March 28 at 11:59 p.m. $50 registration fee on event day April 1.
Registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to make the event, 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.

The Hartford Fight For Air Climb consists of approximately 680 steps.

The average time to climb Hartford 21 is approximately 8-12 minutes.

Start times will be provided on our website and sent via email the Thursday prior to Climb day. Climbers will be scheduled in 20-30 second intervals (subject to change). Each participant will receive an individual start time and all team members will be scheduled back-to-back.

Please arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your start time. This gives you time to check in and get your event t-shirt, meet our vendors, take a team photo and warm up before you Climb.

Event day check-in will take place in the lobby of Hartford 21.

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

Yes! The Practice Climb will be held at Hartford 21 from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, February 25th. You must be registered for the Fight For Air Climb to participate in the practice event.

RSVP for the Practice Climb.

We are so excited to bring back the After Party! Join us at our brand new location Vaughan’s Irish Public House for afun afternoon complete with a DJ, raffle, special menu, our Civilian & Firefighter combined Awards Ceremony, and more! Vaughan’s is located on Pratt Street in downtown Hartford.

Firefighter Awards will include:

  • Fastest Male, Female, & Overall
  • Top Three Male Firefighters in each of the following age categories:
    18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+
  • Top Three Overall Female Firefighters
  • Fastest Firefighter Team

Civilian & First Responder Awards will include:

  • Fastest Overall First Responders
  • Top Three Male and Female in each of the following age categories:
    17 & under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+
  • Fastest Male Civilians, Fastest Female Civilians & Fastest Overall Civilian
  • Largest Team
  • Most Spirited Team
  • Fastest Civilian Team
  • Fastest First Responder Team

The Elite Challenge is for our most competitive climber! Elite Climbers will be scheduled first in their division and not with the rest of their team.

There is free on-street parking available on the weekends in Hartford. Garage information coming soon!


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!

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 90 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 - Hartford
c/o American Lung Association in CT
45 Ash Street
E Hartford CT 06108

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 Fight For Air Climb and American Lung Assocation gear and swag at shop.lung.org.


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. Must have a team of five or more members to qualify for the Fastest Team Awards.

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.