Who can climb? Only active duty or retired firefighters, EMT's and police officers are allowed to register in the first two weeks of the registration opening. If the slots are not filled in the first two weeks, first responders and their families may register to climb without gear. This too will be open for two weeks. If there are still spots open following this, any remaining spots will be open to first come first serve. Due to security reasons, no registrations will be taken following the cut off date set through the registration process.
Where does the money that climbers collect go? While fundraising is not a major objective of our event, participants are encouraged to help raise support for our beneficiaries - non-profits that support the families and departments who have suffered a loss.
I want to help support this event, how can I do that? This event has not and could not happen if it weren't for the support of our volunteers, partners and sponsors. There are many ways to help support this event - but all involve giving. If you are interested in giving your time and talent or your treasure, contact the Event Director: Director@capitalstairclimb.com
Who runs this event? This climb is planned by a committee that consists of approximately 10 volunteers, none of whom receive payment for their services to this group.
Who do I talk to if I have any questions? Should you not find the answer to your question on our website, feel free to contact the Event Director: Director@capitalstairclimb.com
What is the stair climb's position on...? The Board of Directors creates the event vision, policies and rules and provides guidance on all matters relating to the climb.
Who can climb? Active duty or retired firefighters, police officers and EMTs are allowed to climb. After the registration deadline, it becomes open to the public if there are spots remaining
How many climbers are there? 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, 8 EMTs. We also expect to have 20 - 40 "alternates" register as an average from other climbs have indicated.
Why can't the public climb? They can if there are spots available after a certain time.
How do you ensure that everyone has a fair chance at climbing? While there are many situations that may seem unfair to those who desire to climb, the event steering committee has attempted to provide everyone an equal opportunity to register by not allowing for any special exceptions.
When does registration open and how much does it cost, is it refundable? Registration opens on August 21st at 9am. Registration costs pays for event expenses and is $60 per climber. Unfortunately, because we use this money to pay for event operational expenses it is non-refundable.
What is an alternate? Alternates are individuals who complete the registration process and help us ensure that we have a full compliment of climbers. As such, we are asking for a small charge be paid to ensure the correct size shirt is available. Typically other climbs go through 30-40 alternates before the climb and about 10 the day of the event. Alternates who attend the event help ensure that we have all those responders represented. Those who do not get to climb are guaranteed a spot for the following year if they are present the day of the event and ready to climb if needed.
Who do I talk to if I have any registration related questions? Any questions relating to registration can be forwarded to the Event Director
Are pledges required? Although fundraising is not the main focus of our event, both event organizers and participants have recognized that a significant amount of support can be raised and positive impact made in the operations of our beneficiaries. Participants are encourage, but not required, to raise at least $1.00 per floor.
How do climbers raise pledges? Climbers are highly encouraged to gather all pledges via their own personal online fundraising page that is created during or immediately following the registration process. Our event uses a registration, volunteer and donation platform created through Classy. Climbers are discouraged from taking pledges in person. Should this be the only option, please:
convert any cash received into a check
place Capital Memorial Stair Climb in the memo line of the check
bring the check with you to check-in.
Are pledges tax-deductible? Yes. Our parent organization the Association of Memorial Stair Climbs as well as all of our beneficiaries are 501(c)3 organizations.
Do I get credit for pledges I gather and do donors get a receipt? Yes and No. You will get acknowledged on our webpage for securing pledge donations on our behalf following the climb for those donation you bring with you the day of the event, however you must pay the registration fee through the online registration if you are climbing. For those who make donations to Capital Memorial Stair Climb over $150.00, we will ensure they get a receipt if they provide a mailing address or business card with the check.
Who can volunteer? Anyone can volunteer. There are many roles that will need to be filled throughout the day. Such areas as registration, staging, equipment relays, the brotherhood bash and many more. If you are able to volunteer, we will be happy to have you join the team. You can register to volunteer through our registration page. In addition, certain volunteers will be asked to help out the week leading up to the climb to prepare for the event along with help following the event to pick up after the event. Some volunteers, mostly those selected as team or group leaders, may be asked to attend some pre-event training to get them ready for their role the day of the event.
How can I volunteer? There are many opportunities to volunteer at the climb. Please email the volunteer coordinator to see where you can help.
Do I have to attend volunteer training? It has been determined that some volunteer assignments require training beforehand to ensure the climb is successful. Depending upon what you would like to do the day of the event, you may be required to attend training.
I have a group of individuals who wish to volunteer, do you accept groups? Groups of volunteers are accepted on a case by case basis. Contact the volunteer coordinator to find out more.