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4th Annual "Climb Tampa"
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Event Information
Join us for one of the most unique events in Tampa Bay.  On March 21, 2009, hundreds of people will huff and puff their way climbing the 42 flights in the Bank of America Plaza in downtown Tampa.  This is more than your same old 5K this event is a vertical race to climb 42 floors.  Whether climbing for a winning time or simply to cross the finish line in honor or in memory of someone with lung disease, this event is a great way to challenge yourself physically.  We guarantee that all finishers will have a newfound respect for healthy lungs!
Update: All participants must be registered and have a minimum of $100 in fundraising received by March 18, 2009 to be officially entered into the race!
General event information:
  • Participants can climb and fundraise as an individual or make it more fun and form a team.
  • All participants are professionally timed and ranked by timing chips.
  • The registration fee is $25.00 if you sign up prior to February 1st.  After February 1st, the registration fee is $50.00.  The minimum fundraising goal for all participants is $100.00.  Registration fee and minimum fundraising goal are required to participate in the event.
  • All climbers will receive an official "Climb Tampa" Stair Climb t-shirt, goody-bag, medal of completion and refreshments.  However, you must be registered by March 1st to be guaranteed a shirt that day, otherwise we will have to mail it to you after the event.  Only the 1st 800 pre-registered participants registered by March 1st are guaranteed a goody-bag.
  • Fundraising incentives will be given to top fundraisers. Start early and you will easily reach your fundraising goal!
  • All participants are invited to join us at the Bank of America Plaza's courtyard for the continuous after party.
  • Awards will be given to fastest climbers, top fundraisers and top teams. (Awards will be sent out 8 weeks after event.)
You can register as an individual, as a member of an existing team or as the captain of a new team.  Teams must consist of at least 3 or more people (this is for timing purposes).  Participants registering as a member of a team, please note that the TEAM CAPTAIN has to register on-line first.  You can also register as a spectator.  Spectators can be there to support their climbers and join in the after party for snacks and refreshments.  *Please note: spectators do not receive t-shirts.  T-shirts may be purchased if available.
Team Overview: Why climb alone? Forming a Stair Climb team is a fun way to share this event with family, friends and co-workers.  Your team will support each other as you train, fundraise and complete the event together.  When you all reach the top, the celebration will be all the more sweet. You can form a corporate team or a family team for this event.  You can easily manage your team's progress from your team's personal webpage.
Corporate Teams: Corporate teams are a fantastic way to engage your employees in an activity that promotes healthy living as well as serves a good cause. This is a great way to encourage team building within your employees. Everyone will feel a huge sense of accomplishment when they reach the top of the Bank of America Plaza and raise money for the American Lung Association.
Corporate Team Benefits include:
1) Special delivery of all team participant climb packets to team captain before event day.
2) Coordinated start times so all team members can climb together.
3) Opportunity to design special "team" shirts or costumes to wear on event day.
4) The unbeatable support from your fellow team members as you climb 42 flights of stairs!!!
5) Fundraising coaching and support from Lung Association staff every step of the way.
Family Teams: Lung disease touches families from all walks of life. Whether it is asthma, emphysema, tobacco addiction or lung cancer, lung disease can be devastating. If your family has been touched by lung disease or knows someone who has, join the Lung Association by forming a Stair Climb team. This fun event is a great way to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research, education and prevention programs. Invite your family, friends, neighbors and others to join your team and make a difference!
Family Team Benefits include:
1) Special delivery of all team participant climb packets to team captain before event day.
2) Coordinated start times so all team members can climb together.
3) Opportunity to design special "team" shirts or costumes to wear on event day.
4) The unbeatable support from your fellow team members as you climb 42 flights of stairs!!!
5) Fundraising coaching and support from Lung Association staff every step of the way.
Training/Preparation: We hope you are training appropriately to avoid injuries during this challenge.  Training in a safe, well ventilated stairwell is ideal.  Utilizing a stair master or other equipment at your gym is another alternative.  Pacing yourself during the stair climb is key to successful completion.  At least two days before the event, drink plenty of water and continue hydrating throughout the climb.  Water stations will be strategically placed in the stairwells during the event so that you will stay hydrated for your climb to the 42nd floor. You may bring a heart rate monitor if you wish to use it for this event.  Please contact us for training locations or questions about a free gym membership.
Bank of America Plaza Training:
NEW THIS YEAR:  Saturday training opportunities starting Saturday, September 6th from 8a.m. to 11a.m.  Must be pre-registered.  Must exit the stairwells prior to 12p.m., building closes at noon.
Weekday training in the Bank of America Plaza will be available 2 months prior to the event (starting Tuesday, January 20th).  Details: YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED in order to train in the stairwell at the Bank of America Plaza.  Training dates are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7a.m. to 5p.m. 
Park on your own, either pay the meters or pay the garage.  Go to 2nd floor lobby, top of escalator, the stair door is to the right.  Go down the stairs to security and please check-in before you climb!  Stairwell doors are locked.  There are emergency call boxes every other floor if you need to exit the stairwell at any time.  Otherwise to exit stairwell, please climb down and exit at the 2nd floor lobby. FOR YOUR SAFETY WE ADVISE AND RECOMMEND THAT YOU CARRY YOUR CELL PHONE ON YOU WHILE TRAINING IN THE STAIRWELL IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
****If you do not sign up before 12pm on Friday, then you will have to wait till the next Saturday to climb, unless you print our your stair climb registration receipt and bring it with you.

Please arrive at least one hour prior to your start time (start times are e-mailed and posted on the site 1 week prior to the event) and be sure to visit the "Bib & Timing Chip Table" in the Bank of America courtyard to check-in morning of the event.
Again, start times will be e-mailed to you prior to the event, so it is important that you include your email address when registering.  The sooner you register the earlier your start time will be.  Check-in begins at 7am.  The climb actually begins at 8 a.m. and bib numbers will be assigned with start times in 15-30 second intervals.
Your timing chip will coincide with your start time and bib number, which will be distributed to you the morning of the event at the "Bib & Timing Chip Table" in the courtyard (unless otherwise requested by your team for early pickup.) YOUR BIB NUMBER MUST BE DISPLAYED AT ALL TIMES DURING THE EVENT.  (Individuals are responsible for returning their Timing Chips! Unreturned chips will cost the participant $30!)
All climbers should be in numerical bib order prior to your start time.  Line monitors will assist you.  Climbers will proceed in 15-30 second intervals.  Start times are not flexible.  Climbing a stairwell multiple times, or going "down the stairs" is strictly prohibited.  While climbing, if you notice that you are faster than other participants, please PASS TO THE LEFT OF THOSE PARTICIPANTS.
You may run, you may walk, but please don't crawl!  Please remember that the Bank of America Plaza is a combination of offices, retail and recreational facilities.  If you must exit in case of an emergency or you are unable to complete the climb, please seek security, volunteer or medical staff for assistance to be properly escorted.  DO NOT EXIT ANY FLOOR WITHOUT SECURITY PERSONNEL.
Appropriate Attire:
It is suggested that you wear comfortable clothing, appropriate for an intense cardio workout.  Proper shoes are essential.  Running, walking or cross training shoes are key to a successful climb.  Don't forget your team pride and spirit!  It is required that you securely attach your bib number to the front of your t-shirt. (Exception: firefighters and anyone else in uniform may use string.)
Personal Belongings:
Please leave all personal belongings at home or in your car, as the American Lung Association will not be responsible for any items that are lost or stolen, plus there is really limited space within the Bank of America.  However, Firefighters and Police can climb in full gear.
Timing Results and Awards
Official Results can be found on after 3p.m. on March 21, 2009.
Overall fastest male
Overall fastest female
1st, 2nd, 3rd fastest team 
Overall highest fundraising team
Overall largest team
(Teams must consist of at least 3 people.  For larger teams, team ranking will be based on the finishing time of your top 3 climbers.)
Awards will also be given out to both females and males who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the following Age Groups: 
Age Groups: 14 - 17 
                       18 - 29
                       30 - 39
                       40 - 49
                       50 - 59
                       60 - 69
                       70 +      
Firefighter awards:
Fire Fighting Fastest Team
1st, 2nd, 3rd Fastest Individuals
Fire Fighting Largest Team
Fire Fighting Highest Fundraising Team
Awards will be shipped approximately within 8 weeks after the event.  (For team awards, we are happy to give a presentation.)
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