Elite Climber / Firefighter Challenge

Elite Climber

If you're among the fastest on two feet, you may be eligible for the Step Up for Kids Elite Climb and receive priority start times. Twenty spots in the much-coveted first hour of the climb will be assigned to the top 20 qualifying steppers. To be considered, you must have placed in the overall top 20 finishers, male or female, in one of the following Chicago stair climbs:

  • Step Up for Kids
  • SkyRise Chicago
  • Hustle Up the Hancock
  • Fight for Air Climb

To register for the Elite Climb, register as an individual for the climb and pay the $50 registration fee along with the $150 minimum fundraising commitment.
*Please note that the registration fee is included with the fundraising total and the $150 commitment is due on February 28, 2019.

After registering for the event and prior to event day, please contact us with the subject heading "Step Up for Kids Elite Climb Application." Include your name, contact information, qualifying event and overall finishing place in that event.

All applicants will be notified on or by the event day, as to whether they have been accepted into the Elite Climb. Please note that if you are not chosen for the Elite Climb, you will be assigned an individual start time.

Firefighter Challenge

A challenge designed exclusively for firefighters and their firehouses! There are three easy steps to participate:

  • Ready...Register your firehouse team including your engine number.
  • Set...Raise funds for a chance to win one of our exclusive firefighter prizes.
  • Go...Wearing the appropriate firefighter gear, start your climb and Step Up for Kids!