Rules & FAQ

General Event Questions: 

What time is sign in?
Sign in starts at 7am.
Race starts at 9am.

UNICO is offering free parking to all of our participants. The parking garage is directly across the street from the climb and the entrance is on SW Pine between 4th & 5th Ave. Bring your parking stub to registration and we will supply a voucher.

Can my friends and family attend the event?
Yes. This is a family friendly event.

Race Logistics Questions:

When will I receive my battalion start time?
Start times will be posted when you check in. Please check in prior to 8 AM.

Will there be water stops during the climb?
There will be water through out the climb.

Will we be able to practice before the event?
You wouldn't be able to the day of the event, but any day leading up to the event is fine. Please check in with security before you do.

Rules & Regulations for Climb:

The following rules have been adapted and copied from other stairclimb competitions in an attempt to standardize rules for dress and conduct.



 CE-European Safety Standards

AS/NZ-Australia New Zealand Standards

  1. All competitors must supply their own PPE unless prior arrangements are made.
  2. Gloves, hoods, or ear flaps are not required.
  3. Articles of turnout gear and Breathing Apparatus must not be removed during the duration of the event.
  4. All PPE must be worn correctly.
  5. Competitors who do not comply with these rules during or after the competition will be disqualified and their time nullified.
  6. Any questions about these rules should be directed to the event chair prior to the race.
  7. Officials may inspect gear prior to participation. Their decisions are final.
  8. All competitors (with turnout gear in dispute) will be allowed to complete the event.
  9. A disqualified competitor will not be eligible for any "Race" award or prizes.
  10. All competitors must be 18 years of age at time of race.

If I cannot make the climb, do I get a refund of my registration fee?
No, registration fees are non refundable and cannot be reversed if  you cannot make the event. If you want to send someone in your place, please call the CFF office at 503-226-3435.  Your substitution is also responsible for raising $100. No substitutions after 9/16/2016

Fundraising Questions:

If I cannot make the event, do I still have to raise the $100 minimum fundraising goal?
Yes, this event requires a minimum of $100 fundraised.  If you register, you are committed to raising the $100. If you would like to send someone in your place, please call the CFF office at 503-226-3435.  Your substitute will also be responsible for raising $100.  No substitutions after 9/16/2016

When is the deadline for fundraising?

The deadline for fundraising to qualify for any prizes is 9/25/2016.  However, fundraising dollars can be submitted until 12/31/2016.
You will also have the opportunity to take care of your $100 fundraiser min at the time of check in.

Where do I turn in offline donations?
Offline donations can be saved and brought to the event, or if necessary, donations may be sent to the
CF Office at:
2701 NW Vaughn St. #203
Portland, OR 97210.
If sending donations in please include the climber’s name and department.

Directions to the US Bancorp Tower:

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Matching Monday Program:

**The Jurrens Family Foundation will match dollar for dollar, up to a total of $40,000 the donations directly contributed or raised each week (beginning 4/4/16 and ending 10/3/2016) by the qualifying participants of the "Matching Monday" fundraising contests for the 2016 Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge. Donations received in excess of the matching goal will support the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has unrestricted financial reserves of about 13 times its budgeted annual expenses, following a one-time royalty sale in 2014. These  funds, along with the public’s continuing support,  are needed to help accelerate our efforts to pursue a lifelong cure for this fatal disease, develop lifesaving new therapies and help all people with CF live full, productive lives. To request a copy of our Strategic Plan, email or call 800 FIGHT-CF.