What is the registration fee and
deadline? Registration is $45 per climber until 12:00 P.M. (CST) on Thursday,
January 29, 2015. On event day, late registration is $60 per climber. Online registration closes at 12:00 P.M. (CST) on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Climbers can register the
morning of the climb from 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M.. After
that all registration is closed for the 2015 climb. The entry fee is
non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another person.
What does the registration fee include? Lots! In addition to giving you access to the biggest stair climb in North Texas, your
registration fee includes training recommendations, a 2014 Big D
Climb T-shirt, Participant Handbook, access to the official Big D Climb After Party, and the knowledge that you are helping to
raise critical funds for blood cancer research. Did you know that at least
78 cents out of every dollar you donate goes directly to the LLS mission to
find a cure for blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their
I want to climb with a
friend. What should I do? If you are climbing with a friend, form a team! Teams
consist of two or more people coming together to race. The only way we know to
put you with a friend when assigning start times is if you identify your racing
buddy as your teammate. Forming teams is easy - just create a team name when
registering (click the "create a team" link) and have everybody on
your team register using the same team name (click the "join a team"
link). Still have questions? Email Melissa.Jacobowski@lls.org or call 972.996.5900.
Do I have to fundraise? While there is no fundraising minimum required to participate in
the 2015 Big D Climb, we are raising funds for a very important mission - to
find a cure for blood cancers. Therefore, we ask that every climber
attempt to raise at least an additional $50. Don't worry - it's
easy! Visit our fundraising page to get some ideas and check out the
fundraising thank yougifts that are offered. You'll
raise money to help the more than one million people living with blood cancers
in the United States and earn cool Big D Climb gifts at the same time!
What is the Participant Center? The Participant Center is the single best tool in your
fundraising tool box. Here you can customize your personal or team fundraising
page and send emails to your supporters. Make it fun or make it serious -
just customize it and send it to your friends and family to ask for their
support. The event's top fundraisers utilize this tool every year and have
When is the pledge collection deadline?
Having so much success fundraising that you can't get everything in by the
climb date? Don't worry - pledge collection will remain open for two weeks
after the Big D Climb. Everything you raise by February 13, 2015 will make
you eligible for some rock star Big D Climb gifts. Check out
the thank yougifts on the fundraising page!
How are team donations handled? Team donations are equally divided amongst the team members
after the event. This amount will be added to individual fundraising
amounts to come up with participant totals.
How do my donors get tax receipts? Online donors automatically receive a tax receipt immediately
after they donate via email. Offline donors who contribute $50 or more
will be mailed a tax receipt. Offline donors who contributed less than $50 may
request a tax receipt. Please note this when submitting their
donations. Tax receipts will be mailed as donations are received and
all will be sent by mid-February.
How are start times assigned?
Start times are assigned in the order that entry forms are received with
preference given to past top fundraisers. Starting at approximately 8:30 a.m.,
we will assign climbers a start time every 10 seconds. We ask that you arrive
30 minutes prior to your start time. If you have a start time request,
please make note of it when you register. We will do our best to accommodate
When will I receive my start time?
Start times will be emailed, posted on the Big D Climb Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bigdclimb)
and placed on this website Wednesday, January 28, 2015. This will not be
the final list. If you register after 12 pm on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 and
before 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 29, additional start times will be
updated on Friday, January 30, 2015.
Can I change my start time?
Once start times are assigned, it is very difficult to change them. Again,
if you have a specific request, please indicate that when you
register. Please email Melissa.Jacobowski@lls.org if you have
Where is the event held? The 2015 Big D Climb will be held at Comerica Bank Tower in Downtown Dallas. Comerica Bank Tower's address is 1717 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201. The official Big D Climb After Party will be held at Main Street Garden, which is located just across the street from Comerica Bank Tower. Main Street Garden's address is 1902 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
What time should I arrive? 30 minutes prior to your assigned start time. Please take
in to consideration the time it will take you to find parking. Also allow for
extra time if you are unable to attend our packet pickups. Click
How many stairs are there? 1,276 - Aren't you feeling a little proud of yourself already?
How many stories are in the Big D Climb? 58 stories - No sweat. (Well, maybe a little!)
Can you give me specifics on the stairwell? The stairwell winds up clockwise. There
are 22 steps in each story. While there are some exceptions, most of the
flights are divided in half, i.e.,eleven steps (turn) eleven
steps = one story.
Do I have to take the stairs back down to the first floor? Don't worry - once you reach the 58th story, you get to take the elevator down!
How long does the Big D Climb take? This depends on each participant's fitness level, speed and the
amount of time spent at rest areas. Top racers finish in as little as six
minutes while the average participant takes from 18 to 25 minutes to
finish. Rules of the road apply to climbing, i.e., climb
on the right and pass on the left.
Will I receive an event T-shirt? Yes. If you did not pick up your shirt at packet pick-up,
you will receive your Big D Climb T-shirt at the After Party.
Is there a bag check area provided? There will be a free bag check area for personal items on
the 1st floor. LLS is not responsible for any items that may be lost or
Should I climb with a water bottle? A water bottle is not necessary. We have several
designated water stops on the way up.
Can I wear a baby backpack? No, baby backpacks and all other backpacks are not
Can I take a camera or video recorder up the stairs with me? No, security policy prohibits cameras and video
recorders in the stairwells.
Can my friends and family wait for me at the finish line? No. Due to space limitations, no spectators are allowed at
the finish line. Friends and family are welcome to wait on the first
floor or at the after party, details to be provided. Please visit
the about page.
Can we practice at the building before the event?
No. Due to safety, security and liability reasons, we cannot allow anyone in
the building before the event begins.
Do you have event posters I can display? Yes! If you are interested in hanging posters at work or
your favorite coffee or sandwich shop, we are more than happy to send a couple
to you and thank you for your help in promoting this great event!
Email Melissa.Jacobowski@lls.org to request posters.
I'm not comfortable with
online stuff. What can I do? If you would prefer not to register and/or fundraise online, don't worry
- we have some offline options. If you would like to register via mail or
the phone, please call the Big D Climb Team at 972.996.5900 or
email Melissa.Jacobowski@lls.org and
you will be mailed or emailed a physical registration form you can then fill
out and mail to the LLS office. Please send checks to: The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society, Attn: Big D Climb, 8111 LBJ Freeway, Suite. 425, Dallas, TX
FIRST RESPONDER - FIRE DEPARTMENT FAQ
What equipment is
required? The following list is
required. If you have any questions about the equipment needed, please send an
email to either Melissa.Jacobowski@lls.org.
The race will be done in
FULL structural firefighting gear: boots, pants, and coat (liners intact),
helmet and gloves. Hoods will not be worn. Breathing apparatus will be worn and
USED every step of the course.
participant is required to use gear which meets current NFPA structural
firefighting standards. Gear that is not issued by your department for
structural firefighting must meet NFPA 1971-2007 for structural firefighting.
In the event that your fire department does not issue bunker gear, boots or
helmets that comply, entrants must use the gear issued by your department that
meets the next most current NFPA requirements. If the participant cannot secure
compliant gear a limited supply will be on site on a first come first served
basis. No modified and/or racing gear allowed.
Boots used for the event
must meet NFPA 1971-2007 for structural firefighting standards. It is the
responsibility of the participant to verify NFPA standards on their specific
brand of boot prior to the competition. Each participant will be briefly
checked prior to entering the stairwell to ensure the proper equipment is worn
during the course of the event. Gear that is found to be not fire department
issue, and does not meet current NFPA requirements will subject the participant
to disqualification. A disqualified participant will not be eligible for any
individual or team racing prizes.
How does bottle change
work? There will be a bottle
staging area on a specific floor (TBD) for spare bottles. Since SCBA must be
worn and used throughout the climb, most participants will need to get a fresh
bottle at this point to successfully complete the event. Firefighters will
designate someone to serve as a bottle changer.
Who can be a bottle
changer? Bottle changers do not
need to be firefighters, but they need a working knowledge of your equipment.
Does my bottle changer
need to register? No. It is not necessary
for your bottle changer to register. Each department is allowed one bottle changer during the competition.
How should bottles be
prepared for the event? Each bottle must be clearly
marked with your department name.
Where should my bottle
changer check in? Bottle changers should
check in on the main floor by the volunteer check-in. Bottle changers and
equipment will be taken to the assigned floor. Each bottle changer will be given a clearance wristband.
Without this wristband bottle changers will not be allowed to travel to the assigned
When should my bottle
changer check in? All bottle changers must
be ready in the assigned floor changing area no later than 7:45 a.m. for a
mandatory bottle changer meeting.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society North Texas Chapter 8111 LBJ Freeway, Suite 425 Dallas, TX 75251