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Q: When does Big Climb take place?
A: Saturday, April 18, 2015.

    7:30 a.m.: Event check-in opens
    8:00 a.m.: Event begins (participants reaching $50 fundraising minimum will be emailed start times in advance)
Q: Where should I park?
A: Free parking will be available at Capella Tower. The Capella Tower Parking Ramp is off of Seventh Street (westbound) between Third Avenue and  Second Avenue. We have a limited number of parking spaces available so please try to carpool or take the Light Rail if you can.

Q: Can I get to Big Climb via light rail?
A: Yes. The Nicollet stop is located one block north of Capella Tower on Fifth Street.

Q: Will I receive a Big Climb MPLS t-shirt
A: All participants who have reached the fundraising minimum of $50, which is in addition to their registration fee, will receive a t-shirt on event day.

Q: What is my assigned start time?
A:  Start times will be emailed out the Thursday before event day (April 16) and posted on the website for those who have made their $50 minimum by the 14th. You have the opportunity to satisfy the fundraising requirement up to and on the day of the event, but start times with team members are not guaranteed.

Q: When should I arrive?
A: Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your start time to allow time to check-in. If possible, arrive even earlier and enjoy the pre-climb fun. 

Q: Will water and/or restrooms be available during the climb?
A: Yes. Construction is done and we have a few more indoor bathrooms available this year! Water will be available on the main floor and water stops will be located on floors 16, 25, 31, 41 and 48.

Q: How long does it take to complete Big Climb MPLS?
A: Each climber’s time will vary, depending on your fitness level and how long you hang out at the water stops along the way.  However, the average climber who is walking will take 10-20 minutes to climb 48 floors. If you're planning to do the 95 floors - good luck!!!
Q: How will I know how fast I have climbed?
A: All participants will receive a timing bracelet and will only be timed while climbing in the staircases. Participants climbing 95 floors will not be timed on the elevator or walking to second staircase. Preliminary times will be posted and updated throughout the morning of Big Climb and a link to final times will be posted on this website after the Climb.
Q: What do I do once I have finished Big Climb MPLS?
A: Join your fellow climbers with music, snacks, water, chair massages and other festivities to help you celebrate your accomplishment! And if its food/beverage deals you are looking for look no further (coupons will be in race packet)!
  • $2 off Saturday brunch at The Local
  • $ .75 off at Peace Coffee
  • 10% off your order at Andrea Pizza


Q: I paid my registration fee. Do I have to fundraise too?
A: Yes, there is a $50 fundraising minimum which is in addition to your registration fee. As mentioned previously, make sure that you raise at least $50 by Tuesday, April 14 to receive a start time in advance of event day. We do this to continue to fund innovative research and breakthrough treatments, which are helping more patients live longer, better lives every day.

Q: What if I don't make my $50 minimum by April 14?
A: You must meet the $50 minimum to participate. You have a second opportunity to meet the minimum by midnight on THURSDAY and get a start time Friday. If you miss both of these deadlines, you may still participate if you bring in donations totaling at least $50 on event day. Online donations will continue to be accepted up to the event as well.

Q: How are team donations handled?
A: Unfortunately, team donations can not be applied to individual team members. Individual donations do contribute to the team total, however. Please make sure that when you are posting or sending out a link to your online fundraising page, that it is your INDIVIDUAL fundraising page as these donations will help you meet your $50 minimum and also help you work toward some great incentives.

Q: Can I use the Big Climb logo for shirts and/or personal flyers?
A: Yes, please email us for the logo file. 

Q: How do I turn in cash and checks that I have collected for LLS?
A: Bring the funds you have collected to Big Climb and our volunteers will collect them at check-in. Please write your check out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or LLS. If you prefer, you can mail your checks to:
     LLS - Big Climb MPLS
     1711 Broadway Street NE
     Minneapolis, MN 55413-2638
Make sure to indicate which team/individual you would like your donations to go to for proper crediting.

Q: How do I earn fundraising incentives?
A: Make sure to have all of your donations in to LLS by May 18 to to be eligible to receive the incentives, which can be viewed here.


Q: What racing awards will be awarded?
A: Awards will be presented for:
          Top fundraising team
          Top fundraising individual
          Fastest male/female - 48 and 95 floors
Q: How will I know if my team or I won an award?
A: Awards will be announced the following week via website, Facebook and email.



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