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Fight For Air Climbs are unique fundraising events to support the mission of the American Lung Association. They usually happen in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. The Chicago Fight For Air Climb will take place at Soldier Field Stadium, where 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 critical funds necessary to provide lifesaving education, research and advocacy so we can beat lung disease and soon find a cure. For every breath, take a step!
With safety being our number one priority, we will continue to monitor and follow current CDC guidelines as well as state/local guidelines.
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 Olivia Cardinale with any questions.
Online registration prices are as follows:
Early bird (register by 2/18/23): $25
Stadium Climber: $35
Ultimate Climber: $45
Climb Your Way Virtually: $0
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.
Yes, day of registration will be available on event day for $40. Participants who register on event day will be responsible for the day of registration fee and fundraising minimum of $150.
Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your start time at Gate 0 (south end of the stadium). Climbers will line up with their wave outside of the stadium until their wave is called. 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
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, the Fight For Air Climb at Soldier Field will be a timed event this year.
If for some reason you cannot complete the climb, someone at the nearest water station can assist you.
More details coming soon!
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! One to share right now: ask 15 individuals for $10 toward a mission you feel strongly about, and you’ve met your fundraising minimum!
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
c/o American Lung Association in IL
55 W Wacker Drive, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601
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.
Climbing on a team is a great way to enjoy the event. The camaraderie of the shared endeavor is priceless, and it is exciting to reach the top with friends and family cheering 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. Then, have them share the link with others for a larger impact!
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.