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What is the registration fee and deadline?
Registration is $25-65 per climber (see below) until Wednesday before the event. On event day, late registration is $50 per climber or $25 for police/fire/veterans. Online registration opens Jan 4th 2016 and closes on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016. Climbers can register the morning of the climb from 7:00 A.M. until 9:00 A.M.. After that all registration is closed for the 2016 climb. The entry fee is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another person. Space is limited so register early! This event is open to the public. All ages welcome!
Jan 4 - Jan 14: $25 All climbers
Jan 14 - Feb 1: $35 Police/Fire/EMS/Veterans; $55 All other climbers
Feb 1 - May 4: $35 Police/Fire/EMS/Veterans; $75 all other climbers
Day of climb: $50 for the public; $25 for police/fire/EMS/veterans
(Registrations the day of the event do not get a participant bag, shirt or medal)
What does the registration fee include?
Lots! In addition to giving you access to the most iconic climb in Texas, your registration fee includes training recommendations, an annual Heroes Memorial Climb T-shirt, Participant Memento, participant goodie bag, and the knowledge that you are helping to raise critical funds for police, firefighter/EMS and veteran programs. Registration fees cover the climb costs so that 100% of the funds raised can be given to the causes supported each year. (Day of registrations may not receive some items)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.856.0498.
What is a Virtual Climber and why is their fee lower than the others?
Virtual climbers do not actually participate in the climb. This could be due to health reasons or they don't feel fit enough to climb but want to support the cause. Virtual climbers can sign up and collect pledges for the beneficiary of their choosing. They can also attend the opening ceremony. Their fee is lower since they do not get a shirt, memento or participant bag.
Do I have to fund raise?
While there is no fundraising minimum required to participate in the Heroes Memorial Climb, we are raising funds for very important causes. Therefore, we ask that every climber attempt to raise at least an additional $100. Don't worry - it's easy!
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 climb.
Where does the pledge money go?
During the registration process climbers will select which one of the event beneficiaries they will raise their pledges for. Participants will receive an email with a link to their pledge page and instructions on how to collect pledges. All pledges go directly to the chosen beneficiary. Pledge pages remain open two weeks after the climb.
How can all the pledges raised go to the beneficiary?
The links given to raise pledges are to crowd funding sites. We use a few different sites depending on the cause. Some of the sites charge a service fee of up to 3% others do not charge a fee and operate on donations. Some of the sites use a processing service such as PayPal which charges a percentage. Aside from these fees, 100% of the funds pledged go to the beneficiary. As a event organizer we do not take a percentage of the pledges.
Registration fees paid by event participants are used to cover the cost of the event. If those funds are not needed they are divided equally among the event beneficiaries.
Why is it called a Memorial Climb?
Climbers are encouraged to climb for a fallen brother, sister, friend or comrade. If you don’t know someone personally we encourage you to research a fallen police officer, firefighter or military member and climb in their honor. Climbers wishing to represent a particular fallen firefighter/EMS/police officer/service member may do so through their own methods. (IE: remembrance wristband, photo attached to air pack or tucked in helmet band, lanyard, etc.) We do not assign or issue names or photos to climbers. This method allows a wider range of fallen heroes to be memorialized.
How are start times assigned?
Start times are assigned by wave and in the order that entry forms are received. Starting with the wave start time we will assign climbers a start time that allows for minimal congestion in the stair well. 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 everybody.
When will I receive my start time?
Start times will be emailed, posted on the Heroes Memorial Climb Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/heroesmemorialclimb) and placed on this website Wednesday before the climb.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Where is the event held?
The Heroes Memorial Climb will be held at Reunion Tower in Downtown Dallas. Reunion Tower’s address is 300 Reunion Blvd. Dallas, TX.
Registration and the event stage is hosted at Reunion Park (340 North Dr. Dallas, TX.)
The after climb meet and greet will be held at CLOUD 9, which is located on the 55th floor of Reunion Tower. Due to Reunion Tower operations, admission is required to access CLOUD 9 and the Geo-deck at the top of the climb. Dual trip tickets will be available so spectators can greet their climber and return for the meet and greet at CLOUD 9.
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.
Where can I park?
Here is a link with rates to the many parking areas around the tower.
Reunion Tower parking is located at 642 Sports Drive.
How many stairs are there?
There are 827 steps in the stair well- Aren't you feeling a little proud of yourself already?
How many stories are in the Heroes Memorial Climb?
55 stories x Two laps - No sweat. (Well, maybe a little!) The route is from the lower level of the tower up to the Geo-Deck (~55th floor). Can't do two laps? You can stop climbing after the first lap.
Can you give me specifics on the stairwell?
The stairwell winds up clockwise. There are 59 landings. While there are some exceptions, most of the stairs do a 180 turn at each landing. Toward the top of the tower they change to a hybrid triangle spiral.
Do I have to take the stairs back down to the first floor?
Don't worry - once you reach the top floor you get to take the elevator down!
How long does the 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 passing are: slower climbers keep to the outside of the stair well, passing is done on the inside.
Heroes Wave climbers have no time limit. Other climbers must complete the climb in 1.5 hours or less. When the climb time-frame is complete anyone still climbing will be asked to finish at their current position.
Will I receive an event T-shirt?
Yes. If you did not pick up your shirt at packet pick-up, you will receive your T-shirt in the mail.
Is there a bag check area provided?
There will be a free bag check area for personal items near the registration area. Heroes in Action, Heroes Memorial Climb or Reunion Tower is not responsible for any items that may be lost or stolen.
Should I climb with a water bottle?
You are encouraged to bring a water source. We have water stops at the start and finish line but there are none on the way up.
Can I wear a baby backpack?
No, baby backpacks and all other backpacks are not allowed. (Camel backs are an exception)
Can I take a camera or video recorder up the stairs with me?
Due to security issues, cameras or videoing equipment is not allowed inside the stairs.
Can my friends and family wait for me at the finish line?
Due to Reunion Tower operations, admission is required to access CLOUD 9 and the Geo-deck at the top of the climb. Dual trip tickets will be available so spectators can greet their climber and return for the meet and greet at CLOUD 9.
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.
Can I use the Heroes Memorial Climb logo for shirts and personal flyers?
Yes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the logo file.
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 email@example.com to request posters.
I'm not comfortable with online stuff. What can I do?
If you would prefer not to register and/or fund-raise online, don't worry - we have some offline options. If you would like to register via mail or the phone, please call us at 214.856.0498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be mailed or emailed a physical registration form you can then fill out and mail to the HIA office.
Can I listen to music during the climb?
While we discourage their use, music devices with headphones are permitted for participants. We ask that you leave one ear bud out and turn down the volume so that you may hear what is happening around you.
HEROES WAVE TROPHY FAQ
What types of teams are required?
Heroes teams must be at least two (2) people. All competing team members must be a active, retired or honorably discharged police officer, firefighter or military veteran. There is no limit to how big a Heroes team can be.
What equipment is required?
The following list is required. If you have any questions about the equipment needed, please send an email to email@example.com.
Firefighters: The climb shall be done in FULL structural firefighting gear: boots, pants, and coat (liners intact), helmet and gloves. Air packs should be worn. Air should not be used.
Police Officers: Peace officers should wear duty uniform with body armor, Kevlar helmet, protective (gas) mask (or similar). If your agency does not issue these items a 30 pound back pack / weight vest can be substituted.
Veterans/Military: Military members are required to wear or carry (at a minimum): helmet, flak vest, pistol belt, canteen, protective (gas) mask (or similar). If your agency does not issue these items a 30 pound ruck sack can be substituted.
Teams competing for the Heroes trophy will be deducted the following from their total time as follows:
Time is calculated using the fastest three times from each Heroes team. If a team has less than three members the slowest time is used twice. Once these totals are made deductions are made for missing equipment as listed above and handicaps added to police and veteran teams to level the field with firefighters.
Are you affiliated with that Dallas 9/11 Climb?
Heroes in Action and the Heroes Memorial Climb affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Some of our staff formerly served on the DSC committee but are no longer part of the organization.