• FAQs

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Event day questions

Event day questions

How does the climb work?

If you have registered as an individual, each climber will enter the stairwell one by one every 15-20 seconds.

If you have registered as a team, you will enter the stairwell together as a team every 15-20 seconds.

Once in the stairwell, each climber is asked to adhere to the event race rules (yes! There is stairwell etiquette to make sure everyone has a safe climb!). This will be communicated on event day.

There are multiple floors that will be open for a rest/drink stop or if you would like to exit. Volunteers will be on these levels to assist you and cheer you on.

What happens once I've completed my climb?

From the top floor you will be guided by event marshals to the rooftop to enjoy the spectacular view over the river, have a drink of water and swap stories while you recover.  Last but not leastit will be time for your commemorative rooftop finish photoremember to smile and raises your arms triumphantly! Photo’s will be available post event.

Enjoy a well deserved elevator ride to the ground floor and celebrate your climb with family and friends. Plenty of entertainment & refreshments will be available post climb.

What time does my wave start?

Climb for Cancer is a morning event. 2018 start times will be published closer to the event so check back here in late May 2018, however start times will also be sent to all participants via email in the days leading up to event day. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your start time to check in and collect your timing device.


When do I collect my race kit?

On arrival, please collect your race kit at the registration desk, on race daySunday 10 June 2018. Please ensure you arrive 30 minutes before your race time and go directly to check in and collect your race kit.


Where should I leave my bag?

We recommend a backpack only (bring only what you need) and we will look after your belongings in the bag check area while you race.
Please note: all care but no responsibility will be taken for your belongings.

I’ve been given some cash donations. How do I get it to you?

Please bring all cash donations with you on event day and our lovely registration volunteers will happily collect them and add the funds to your online totals. Please ensure all cheques are made out to Mater Foundation. Or you can keep the funds and make a donation onto your personal fundraising page using your credit card.

If you have additional donations to drop off, please email climbforcancer@mater.org.au to make arrangements.


What do I wear to the event?

Active wear … what else? We suggest you wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We recommend something cool as it can get very heated in the stairwell. Appropriate closed-in running footwear is advised.

Will there be water available in the stairwells?

Yes, there will be seven water stations situated throughout the stairwell during the race to ensure you stay hydrated. These floors will be clearly marked. Water will also be available on the ground floor and at the finish line on level 37. 

*Please note, water bottles are not permitted in the stairwell.

Is there an age restriction?

YES. Participants must be at least 16 years of age by event day, Sunday 10 June 2018, to participate in the Climb for Cancer stair climb.

Please note, participants aged 16+ however not yet 18 will need to have their consent form and event waiver signed on the day by a parent/legal guardian.


How do I obtain my individual/team finish time? 

An email with a link to timing results will be sent to all participants post-event.

What not to forget!

For the asthma sufferers out there: Don't forget to take your puffer with you on the climb. Runners have been known to need them by the halfway mark!

After running 37 floors you may get quite sweaty so bring a small sweat towel along if you think you will need it (or channel the 80’s and rock out with a sweat band!).


Will there be medical support available?

Yes, first aid staff will be available at the venue.

How long will it take me to reach the top?

That depends on your fitness level; some people will complete the course in less than 10 minutes, while others will take closer to 20 minutes. 

The most important thing is to take your time and go at a pace that works for you, also sticking to the left of the stairwell so you can use the stairwell railing for support and leverage.

Climbers overtaking should always do so to the right of the railing.

What happens if I can't complete the climb?

Not a worry, our volunteers will be there to help you to the lifts and back down safely to the ground floor. Medical staff will also be on hand in the stairwell if you need assistance or first aid.

If you change your mind on event day, please see the registration desk and our friendly volunteers will be able to swap your entry with a friend/family member. Please note—no refunds are accepted on event day.

What is a wave start?

Not everyone can be in the stairwell at the same time—that would be more of a stampede than a stair climb so participants are sent one at a time into the stairwell at 10 second intervals. Teams (of four) enter the stairwell together.

Can I select what time I want start the climb?

No. Category start times will be released a few weeks before event day. The first start time traditionally begins at 7 am. We’ll send everyone off in their categories, however you can line up in any order within your category. We just ask that runners head off towards the front of the group and walkers towards the back. On the day there will be clear instructions given so there’s no need to stress!

Our top individual and team fundraisers will also be given the honour of kick-starting their category!

Here’s a hot tip though; your fundraising results may just give you the opportunity to choose your start time!  More information will be posted pre-event.

I’m worried about the conditions in the stairwell causing me to cough. Is there anything I can do?

“Track Hack” is the term used when vigorous exercise induces a cough. Vertical training athletes, runners, cycle sprint racers and hikers notice this condition frequently.

Most stair climbers assume that it is due to poor air quality in the stairwell, or there is excess dust, but this is not the case.

While the symptoms are not harmful, we understand they are a nuisance. To avoid track hack, ensure you’ve properly prepared using our training program, slow down to a manageable pace in the stairs, keep your throat lubricated with sips of water at each of the four water stations and even consider use of a mask which will add humidity to the air you’re breathing in.

How do I get to Waterfront Place?

There are a number of way you can make your way to Climb for Cancer, held at One Eagle Street, Brisbane, 4000 on Sunday 10 June 2018.

Drive and park

There is limited car-parking made available through Wilson Parking and Secure Parking around the event site.

  1. Go to www.secureparking.com.au
  2. Select Secure-a-Spot
  3. Select 200 Mary Street or Blue Tower Car Park (12 Creek Street)
  4. Select date and times

Rail: Waterfront Place is approximately a 10 minute walk from Central Station via Creek or Edward Streets. See www.translink.com.au for more information.
Bus: There are a number of bus stops within just a few blocks of Waterfront Place.

Council Bus stops: 90, 145.
Free Loop Bus stop: 98, 146, 153A, 155.
CityGlider stop: Central Stop 36 (on Creek St)

Ferry or CityCat: Both the Inner City and Cross River ferries are conveniently located next to Waterfront Place at the Eagle Street Pier terminal. The CityCat ferry terminal is a short 5 minute walk away. See www.brisbaneferries.com.au for more information.

Can I volunteer for this event?

Yes, please register your interest by clicking here.


Where are the 2016 race results?

Click here to see last year’s race results.


Fundraising questions

Fundraising questions

Why do I need to fundraise?

Your registration fee covers the cost of staging the Climb for Cancer event. This means that we really do rely on fantastic individuals like you to get involved and help raise much-needed funds for cancer research at Mater.

The funds you raise offer stability and sustainability to the Mater Research team so they can plan long-term for their important research work, giving Mater research programs the best chance at finding new breakthroughs.

This year, Climb for Cancer has a $100 fundraising minimum that each climber is asked to commit to reaching by event day. The good news is $100 is very achievable—in fact, many of our Climbers really rise to the challenge and raise far more than this each year.

We are 100% committed to supporting you and your team in your fundraising efforts! Whether you are new to fundraising or a seasoned pro—we are here to help! Contact us on 07 3163 8000 or email climbforcancer@mater.org.au if you have any questions or concerns.

Click here to find out how the funds you raise will make a difference.

How will I raise $100?

You can reach $100 and we’re confident you’ll achieve much more! Fundraising ideas are numerous—try one or try multiples. We’re also here to help with any fundraising questions so please give us a ring any time on 07 3163 8000. Check out our fundraising ideas page to get a sneak peek at a few of our suggestions.

Can I collect cash donations and pay using my credit card?

Yes you can! You can make credit card payments either through your online fundraising page, by filling out the pledge card and returning it to us, or contacting us to pay over the phone. Updating your online fundraising page is definitely the best way to make this happen.

Can I get a receipt for a donation?

Of course! Any donation over $2 is tax deductible.

If someone makes a donation to your online fundraising page they will automatically receive an email receipt. If they give you a cash donation, please indicate on the sponsorship form along with their name and address details and we will send a receipt directly to your donor.

I want to approach businesses for prizes or donations—how do I prove that I’m authorised to raise funds for Climb for Cancer?

If you need an Authority to Fundraise letter to show local businesses, please email us and we will send one to you. This document is proof that you are an approved fundraiser.

Where do the funds go?

Funds raised will be used by Mater Research, a world class institute committed to academic medicine. Proud of its strong history and relationship with Mater, Mater Research continues to drive medical innovation which can be translated into clinical care for the benefit of all. 

What if I don't raise of minimum of $100 by event day?

If by event day you are a bit shy of the $100 minimum, our registration volunteers will invite you to make up the difference with a personal gift. We’ll have EFTPOS and cash facilities available.  Should you be unable to contribute a personal gift, you will not be able to climb. We understand you may have additional questions, so please feel free to reach out to our Climb for Cancer fundraising support team on 1800 440 155. We are happy to chat with you further about the incredible things you’re helping us accomplish!

Is Climb for Cancer virtual going ahead this year?
Unfortunately, the virtual event will not go ahead this year.  This is to allow the Climb for Cancer team to focus on building and growing the event at Waterfront Place.

Participants who are outside of Brisbane or unable to attend the event at Waterfront Place are welcome to organise their own stair climb or stair-master challenge with friends.  We have easy-to-use resources to assist you to organise a private stair climb event.  Please let us know if you’re interested or would like to view these resources by calling us on 1800 440 155 or emailing climbforcancer@mater.org.au.

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