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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 Your Detroit Team with any questions.

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.

Stay tuned for 2023 event routes and stair counts to be shared this Winter.

That’s a great question! We would anticipate the average time range for this year’s Stadium Climber route will fall between 18 to 28 minutes and for Firefighters climbing in full gear the average time range will fall between 24 to 35 minutes.

Start times will be assigned 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 sure to have your team formed by May 1 to ensure you all receive the same flight time. Please note all participant types are climbing at different times throughout the day and flight times may be hours apart.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time. This gives you time to get through security and warm up. Please refer to the Comerica Park security guidelines for current information on stadium regulations.

All Firefighter Challenge participants are timed during their climb at Comerica Park and are to wear full structural firefighting personal protective equipment which meets current NFPA standards. This includes boots, turnout coat with pant liners, helmet, gloves, and SCBA harness with air cylinder. SCBA facepieces and hoods do not need to be worn. Firefighters will not be on air. SCBA tanks are to be full. No axes or halligans. Turnout gear and tanks must be clean, and gear will be inspected before your flight time. All firefighter participants competing in the Challenge must meet the gear requirements and be retired from or current firefighter who is volunteer, part-time or full-time at their department. Stay tuned for award information for our annual Firefighter Challenge.

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 have the best Climb experience.

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

The Climb Detroit staff, and volunteer ambassadors host official practice climbs throughout the season. These are announced via email to registered participants and in our local Facebook group.

Many of our participants utilize the stair climber at their local fitness center and take advantage or local office buildings and parking garages they may have access too. Additionally, the Climb Detroit Ambassadors have also prepared this outdoor Practice Climb Location Recommendations Guide to support your training goals.

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.

Would you like to lend a hand before the event? We have virtual and office opportunities available to individuals and groups of all ages. To learn more or for additional questions, please contact our Special Events staff.

Fundraising

The minimum fundraising requirement is $100 per person. Climbers have until the May 17 to reach their fundraising minimum. Packet Pickup and event participation will only be available for those who met the 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!

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 MI
26555 Evergreen Road, Suite 540
Southfield, MI 48076

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. 

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.