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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 Catherine Widemire with any questions.

Online registration prices are as follows:
$35 Stadium Climber, Firefighter, First Responder
$50 Ultimate Climber

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.

There are 1,190 steps going up and down the Progressive Field lower level, check out the map for more details

The ultimate climb is for the endurance athlete or anyone who wants to increase the difficulty of the Climb. You will get to tackle the stairs for ONE hour, during the power hour at 8am. Make it around the stadium as many times as you can to complete this challenge.

*Fundraising for this option is $250

The mission of the American Lung Association hits close to home with firefighters because of their increased susceptibility to lung disease. Join us in full firefighter gear for a friendly race on the stairs against other NE Ohio fire departments. Compete for a chance at bragging rights, your team name proudly added to the firefighter traveling trophy and prizes! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates, and learn more about the Firefighter Challenge here.

The average time to climb the Progressive Field is around 15 minutes. Some climbers race the steps others take them one at a time. How you climb is up to you!

Start times will be sent Wednesday April 26th via email. You will also receive a "wave number", teams climb together, if you want to climb with someone specific, please create a team to ensure you are climbing at the same time and wave.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time. This gives you time to check your gear and warm up.

Check in will take place at Progressive Field Left Field entrance at Gateway Plaza

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


The minimum fundraising requirement is $100 per person for stadium climbers, firefighters and first responder. Ultimate Climbers are required to raise a minimum of $250 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 - Cleveland
c/o American Lung Association in OH
5755 Granger Rd. Ste. 905
Independence, Ohio 44131

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

Quick Tip: Keep track of your cash and check donations by downloading our offline donation form.

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. 

In addition, we encourage all participants and volunteers to fundraise. We offer a number of fundraising tools to help you be a successful fundraiser. Every dollar helps move us closer to a world free of lung cancer and lung disease. For more motivated fundraisers, there are rewards that you can work to achieve. Take a peek at the 2023 fundraising incentives!


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. This is the only way to ensure you climb at the same time of your friends/family.

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.