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$150 Mandatory Fundraising Minimum

All participants ages 18 and older are required to fundraise a minimum of $150. All participants under the age of 18 are required to fundraise a minimum of $100. This is in addition to the registration fee. Participants who do not raise the minimum will not be allowed to participate in future Big Climbs.
Why there is a $150 fundraising minimum: When LLS was founded in 1949, a blood cancer diagnosis was almost always fatal. Most leukemia patients, especially children, died within three months. Even by the mid-1950s, when the first-generation chemotherapy drugs began appearing, the disease remained a stubborn challenge. Thanks in part to innovative research funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), survival rates have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled for blood cancer patients. LLS is a driving force behind breakthroughs in treating blood cancer patients. Due to building constraints, the event has to be capped at 6,000 participants, meaning it is vital for the Big Climb to maximize participant's fundraising efforts. We have increased the fundraising minimum (for those 18 and older) in 2017 to help ensure we are directing as much funds as possible back to the mission of LLS. Each dollar raised helps get us closer to our goal: a world free of blood cancers.
All donations from the Big Climb help support the mission of LLS: To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and myeloma, and to help improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Each day, LLS sponsored researchers come closer to our goal of finding a cure. LLS is currently funding 10 research projects at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical Center. 
How the $150 fundraising requirement works: All participants 18 and over must raise $150 by the fundraising deadline of April 10th. All participants under 18 must raise $100 by the fundraising deadline of April 10th. Any participants who have not reached their fundraising minimum by April 10th will not be allowed to participate in future Big Climbs. 
Note to 2016 participants who DID NOT fundraise the minimum: If you were a participant in the 2016 Big Climb 30 and didn't reach your fundraising minimum by the fundraising deadline, you will not be allowed to participate in the 2017 Climb. If you did not meet your fundraising minimum in 2016 and register for the Big Climb 31, you will be unregistered, notified you've been unregistered and refunded the registration fee, minus the cost of online processing.

Registration

New to Big Climb and want to know how the online registration works? Please read the following registration guides:
Registering as an Individual
Creating a Team
Registering and Joining a Team
What time does registration open? Registration for the 2017 Big Climb 31 will open in October 27, 2016 at 9am. Early Bird Registration (for those who raised $1,000+ in the 2016 season of Big Climb) will open before general registration and will be open October 18-20th. For those who qualify for Early Bird Registration, an email will be sent the week prior with instructions on how to register. See section below for more information on Early Bird Registration.  
I am a team captain. Can I register my team members? Yes, you can register your team members. You will need each team member's full name, gender, email address, phone number, address, age on event day, shirt size, their emergency contact with a phone number, if they are a patient or survivor, and if they are participating as a climber or racer. It is very important that you know their email address (and do not put your own in) as putting your email address will keep them from receiving important event updates and login information. Please note, if registering other participants, you will be required to pay their registration fee.
What is the minimum age to participate? Participants must be 8 years old or older on event day to participate.
How many people do you need to form a team? Teams can be any size. However, to qualify for fundraising incentives and promotions, you must have at least four people on your team. 
Will my username and password from last year work to register myself this year? Yes, you are able to use the same username and password, but if you do not remember your login information, you may experience difficulty. Email bigclimbseattle@lls.org prior to registration opening if you'd like us to send you your login information. If you do not remember your login while trying to register, please sign up using a new username and password, and email bigclimbseattle@lls.org once you have completed registration so that we can merge your accounts. 
What is a racer and a climber? A racer is a timed participant and will receive a timing chip for use on event day. A climber is an untimed participant who does not receive a timing chip. The registration fee for a racer is $47.50, while the registration fee for a climber is $42.50. Racers and climbers will participate in two different stairwells. 
What if I signed up as a racer but I want to be a climber? If you signed up as a racer but want to be a climber, please email bigclimbseattle@lls.org and the Big Climb staff can assist with switching your registration. 
What if I signed up as a climber but I want to be a racer? If you signed up as a climber but want to be a racer, please email bigclimbseattle@lls.org and the Big Climb staff can assist with switching your registration.
What is the Big Climb Corporate Competition, and what are the prizes? You can learn more about the Corporate Competition for Big Climb 31 here.  

Early Bird Registration
How do I get Early Bird Registration? Any participant who individually raised $1,000+ for Big Climb 30 will be eligible for Early Bird Registration for Big Climb 31.
How do I know if I am an Early Bird? You can check to see if you are an Early Bird by clicking here and looking for your name. 
Can I register my teammates during Early Bird? No, only participants that have qualified will be allowed to register. Anyone that registers during Early Bird Registration without qualifying will be unregistered from the event.  

General Event
Will I receive an event T-shirt? Yes. All participants receive an event T-shirt on race day. During registration, you can upgrade to a tech-tee for an additional $10. You can also earn additional incentives by collecting donations.
Have you partnered with any hotels that are offering discounted rates? We once again have partnered with the Downtown Courtyard Marriott! Room rates for the weekend of Big Climb have been discounted to $139/night. Available nights at this rate are March 24-26. To book your room, click here.
Are there any pre & post-race venues? We are looking into new venues for 2017. If you are interested in partnering as a pre- or post-race venue, please contact Lindsey Tucker
Are there any stairclimb practice clinics? Yes. There are free stairclimb training clinics hosted by PJ Glassey. Please join us at one or all of the 5 stairclimb clinics this season!
December 10th, 9am (Howe Street Stairs): Training routines and the best equipment for getting in shape for the climb
January 7th, 9am (Howe Street Stairs): Focus on breathing and nutrition
January 8th, 9am (Kirkland Forbes Street Stairs): Training routines, equipment, breathing, and nutrition. This clinic will be more comprehensive since it is the only Kirkland clinic. 
February 4th, 9am (Howe Street Stairs): Focus on mental training and stamina
March 4th, 9am (Howe Street Stairs): Focus on event day tips and strategy
Where can I find photos of last year's Big Climb? Click here to view photos from Big Climb 30. 
Do you send event email communications? Yes, we want to keep you informed on all the Big Climb happenings, including updates, deadlines, and fun contests with prizes. For the latest email communication, please click here

Substitutions and Deactivation
I can't attend anymore - can someone take my place? Yes, substitutions are permitted until February 24th. All other substitutions after this date must be handled at the event and will require a $10 change fee. Substitutes are not charged registration (as it is assumed paid by the original participant) but are required to raise the fundraising minimum by April 10th, the fundraising deadline, regardless of when the substitution is made. Please note that the original participant's fundraising efforts do not count towards the substitutes fundraising efforts. Please email bigclimbseattle@lls.org for the substitution form. 
I can't attend anymore and I can't find a substitute, what do I do now? Please email bigclimbseattle@lls.org as soon as you know you will be unable to attend. Big Climb staff will walk you through your options and deactivate your account. 

Fundraising
Can I use the Big Climb logo for shirts and or personal flyers? Yes. Please email Big Climb Seattle for the logo file.
I'm new to fundraising and feeling intimidated. What do I do? The Big Climb staff is here to help! Please email bigclimbseattle@lls.org to talk to staff about what fundraising techniques will work for you. We want to make sure it is fun, rewarding, and worth your effort. 
Do you have tips for using the Participant Center? Yes, we have a guide to use the participant center located here. For specific questions or additional help, please e-mail Big Climb Seattle and we will walk you through it. 
When is the pledge collection deadline? The overall fundraising deadline for Big Climb 31 will be Monday, April 10th, 2017. This is the deadline to meet or exceed fundraising minimums, qualify for incentive prizes, and hit Early Bird or VIP status. The fundraising deadline to make it into the Summit Club or Elite 30 is 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Winners will be notified the following morning.
I'm not comfortable with online fundraising. What can I do? Paper pledge forms will be available soon for you to use. Your donors can also mail us checks to the LLS office (5601 6th Avenue South, Suite 182- Seattle, WA 98108). Check should be submitted using this form, or donors should make sure they put "Big Climb" and your name for proper crediting. Cash or check donations can also be submitted in person to the LLS office or on event day.
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, and will count toward qualifying for incentive prizes. Team donations will not count toward Elite 30 member totals. 
What is the Elite 30? The Elite 30 consists of Big Climb 31's top 30 fundraisers. Members of the Elite 30 are decided at 11:59pm on March 22, 2017. Elite 30 members receive a variety of perks and incentives for being Big Climb's top fundraising individuals. 
What is the Summit Club? The Summit Club is a reserved area for the top 15 teams. The teams that qualify must raise the most in their category by 11:59pm on March 22, 2017. The top 5 overall fundraising teams, the top 5 small per-capita teams, and the top 5 large per-capita teams will receive a spot in the Summit Club, where they will receive special gifts, catered food, and a designated area for their team to gather and hang out on event day. VIP fundraisers (those who raise $2,500+) also gain access to an exclusive area in the Summit Club where they will receive a VIP prize and catered food. 
Fundraising incentives: in addition to the fundraising incentives located here, we will hold fundraising competitions where participants can collect donations for a chance at winning a prize. Promotions will be available on our website and Facebook page. New for the 2017 season: Any team (consisting of 4+ participants) who raises $15,000 or more by March 1, 2017 will get their team's name on the back of all participants t-shirts!

Day of Event
I have friends that aren't participating in the Big Climb, but still want to be involved.  How can they help?  We'd love to have their help as a volunteer! To sign-up, please fill out our interest form here. Position descriptions and shifts are listed here.  Volunteers are also able to set up a fundraising page for the event. For questions regarding volunteer opportunities, please email Volunteer Manager, Charmaine Dipola at Charmaine.Dipola@lls.org.
How are start times assigned? Start times are assigned based on fundraising standings. Approximately 100 participants will be assigned per start time and per stairwell starting at 8:30 a.m. Start times are spaced 15-20 minutes apart (8:30 a.m., 8:50 a.m., 9:10 a.m., etc) with the last start time at 4:30pm.
When will I receive my start time? Start times will be emailed the middle of February. They will also be posted on the website.
Is there a bag check area provided? There will be a free bag check area for personal items on the 1st floor. Bags must be small enough to fit in a regular brown shopping bag.
Can I wear a baby backpack? No, baby backpacks and all other backpacks are not allowed.
What can I bring into the stairwell? Nothing - because of the tight quarters in the stairwell and the risk of dropping something and having it fall down the stairs, we cannot let anything into the stairwell. There will be 5 water stops throughout the race, so bringing a water bottle is not necessary. Please drop off all items at bag check before your start time to avoid being sent back down with your items. 
My friend is being timed, but I want to walk without being timed. Can we still have the same start time? Yes. Please note you will have the same start time but you will be in two different stairwells. You will both end up at the same finish line and may continue to the rehab floor together.
Is parking available? Free parking is available for all event participants and volunteers. The entrance to the parking lot is located on Columbia Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues. Please be aware that you may be directed to another overflow parking garage nearby.
What time should I arrive? 30-45 minutes prior to your assigned start time. Please take in to consideration the time it will take you to find parking.
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 at the Atrium level.
What is the participant limit? 6,000 Participants
How do I request a dedication sign to be hung in the stairwell? Dedication signs can be requested by completing this form. All dedication sign request must be submitted by March 1, 2017.