NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS FUND
VIRTUAL STAIR CLIMB
Virtual Stair Climb FAQ
Why do we climb?
We climb because of the demands of their profession, firefighters and first responders succumb to numerous mental health issues, including PTSI, substance abuse, and suicide, at alarming rates.
What is a First Responder?
A person who is among those responsible for going immediately to the scene of an accident or emergency to provide assistance, including police, fire, EMT and dispatchers.
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSI)?
A mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. (Mayo Clinic)
How does this affect our firefighters and other first responders?
Firefighters have significantly higher rates of PTSI than the average person. The rate for PTSD in firefighters is over 22% with the strongest predictor being number of years of service. The more time on the job, the more likely it is that firefighters experience PTSD.
What are firefighter rates of alcohol addiction?
One of the most common symptom of PTSI is alcohol addiction. Almost 30% of firefighters experience problematic alcohol use. (Boxer and Wild, 1993) Cincinnati's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health conducted a survey in 1993 where it reported an estimate that up to 29% of firefighters have had problems with alcohol use and/or abuse. (Clinical Psychology Associates, 2013)
What is the rate of suicide among firefighters?
Where do our donations go?
All donations are paid to the National First Responders Fund (NFRF). The National First Responders Fund (NFRF) is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the NFRF are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The NFRF's tax identification number is 82-3266569.
Why is the climb going virtual?
As an organization, our highest priority is the health and safety of our participants, staff, volunteers and spectators. Local laws and regulations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing continue to change often. Because of this, we have decided to launch with a virtual-only event. We will keep an eye on safety and local regulations, and if things get better we will look at adding an in-person element in San Francisco. The virtual event will still be the main focus, and will not change if we do move to a partial live event.
Do I need to register for the climb?
Yes, in order to fundraise and receive the shirt/medal/bib you need to register and sign our event waiver. Each participant must register individually to be eligible for fundraising awards.
How do I get my finisher medal and bib?
Registration for the event is free. But in order to receive your swag, you must raise a minimum of $150 and submit proof of having done the climb. Please be sure you include your shipping address when registering so we know where to send it. We will re-confirm the shipping address and shirt size before sending. All swag will be shipped mid-November after fundraising closes.
Are there other awards I can win?
Yes! This year because we can’t do an in-person climb, and the timekeeping/activities will be so varied, we will not have prizes for fastest climbers.
When is the climb?
Can I still register after the August 11th start date?
Yes, you can register any time before the event window closes at 11:59 pm on September 11, 2021
Where is the climb?
You can climb ANYWHERE. With a virtual event, you can create your own course.
What is the minimum age?
There is no minimum age to participate in the NFRF Stair Climb. All are welcome to register and participate. Your family is welcome to join you when you do your climb activity, but everyone must register and fundraise individually to be eligible to receive a shirt/medal/bib
What if there are no stairs near me? Are there other workouts?
Can we climb as a team?
Any other ideas to make the day fun?
Climb together: Video chat with your team and have someone ring a bell so you all begin at the same time in your different locations.
Relay: Set an order for a virtual relay. You can’t start your climb activity until someone else from your team calls to say they’re done and hands you a virtual baton.
Post-event celebration: After the climb, have a video call with your team to share stories of the route and unwind together. Maybe have an ice cream social or order food from the same restaurant.
Team Costume: wear the same costume, have t-shirts made with your team name, or dress in a certain theme. Or have a competition with your team to see who has the most creative costume. Post photos to our Finisher Page!
Include great tunes: Check back here for an inspiring playlist to get you through even the toughest of workouts. But please be safe if you are doing your climb activity in public spaces and make sure you have at least 1 ear free to hear and be aware of traffic and people around you.
When do I need to complete my activity?
How do I track my workout activity?
Instructions for activity completion will be announced soon. Check back for details!
How do I upload my results?
Instructions for activity completion will be announced soon. Check back for details!
What do I do after I have completed my activity?
How do I know if I met the fundraising requirement?
You can check your fundraising page. A link to customize it should have been emailed to you immediately following registration. If you have questions or cannot access it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you sorted.
When can I start fundraising?
Immediately after you register you will be able to start fundraising towards your goal (even before the official August 11th start date).
Do you have tips on fundraising?
What do I do with cash/check donations?
We would prefer if all donations are made online through your fundraising page. But we understand that some business or relatives may wish to give you cash or a check.
National First Responders Fund
700 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
Can I get a refund if I can't participate?
Since registration is free, there is nothing to refund in terms of a registration fee. Any donations that you or your friends and family have made are considered tax-deductible donations, and can not be refunded.
Can I change my shirt size?
Yes, we will reach out to you to confirm your size and mailing address before we ship. You can make any updates at that time.
When will I get my awards?
Awards information will be announced soon. Check back for details.
Is it safe to do a virtual stair climb? What about social distancing?
Don’t work out in unsafe areas alone (unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails)
Wear reflective clothing or lights if you’re climbing, hiking, walking, running or biking outdoors at dawn or dusk and stick to routes that are well-lit
Use protective gear when appropriate — for instance, helmets when cycling
Look both ways before crossing. Obey traffic signals
Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information
Let someone know your planned route so they know where to find you if you don’t return
When using multi-use trails, follow the rules of the trail to avoid a potential collision with an oncoming cyclist or passing runner
Stay hydrated, use sunscreen, don’t overdo it
Can you offer any training tips?
What is a Virtual Climb?
Are you asking yourself "What the heck is a virtual stair climb?!" You are not the only one. Here is some inspiration and information to help you explain it to your friends and family.
The Benefits of a Virtual Climb
·Do your climb whenever you want: Usually we ask you to do the climb on a certain date at a certain time in a certain location. But what if you've got a schedule conflict? With a virtual climb, you pick the day, time and location. You have an entire month to pick the day that works best for you! Climb at 5am or 10pm or mid-day on a Tuesday - whenever works for you.
·Do your climb wherever you want: Don’t have the time or money to travel to San Francisco on September 12th? The thought of 1197 stairs all at once scares the jeepers out of you? With a virtual climb, you pick the activity - you are not restricted to stairs. Do it in your neighborhood or a local park. Walk, run, climb, bike, hike, swim, dance, roll or crawl - the activity is up to you.
·Take as long as you need to complete the climb: Nobody's judging you. OK, we think our NFRF Stair Climb athletes are the best, and they would never judge you for being a slow climber. But that does not stop YOU from THINKING they are judging you, or from feeling you somehow have to beat the 18-year-old-All-American-athlete next to you. When you do a virtual climb, you just focus on doing your best and having a great time. No need to worry about finishing before the timing staff is gone and building security does their final stairwell sweep.
·Hassle free! No driving/parking issues, and no need to stand in a long porta-potty line. That alone makes a virtual climb a superior option!
·Climb with family members, your dog, your kid in a stroller. Or get your family involved in cheering you on with finish line signs, a medal ceremony, staffing your “water stations”, etc.
·Climb with friends, no matter where they live: A virtual climb lets you have a shared experience with your friends or family, even if you live halfway across the world. You can all start at the same time. Maybe Facebook Live or Facetime each other along the way for encouragement. Plan for a virtual brunch after the climb and meet up on Zoom for a mimosa and pancake party.