How should I train for stair climbing?
What should I expect at the event?
To learn more about food and drinks offered at the event, what to wear, hands-free climbing, coat check, climbing etiquette and starting line protocol—read the "What to expect at the event" page under "About Story by Story" on the web site.
Is there coat or baggage check at the event?
Yes, there will be free baggage and coat check services in the lobby. Please arrive early and allow yourself extra time to check your personal items. Climbers must check all bags and other personal possessions, so we recommend that you limit any valuables you bring to the event. For the safety of all participants, climbers will not be allowed to carry anything while climbing stairs. InMotion is not responsible for lost or stolen items left at the coat/baggage check.
What should I wear at the event?
Please wear walking or running shoes and comfortable, flexible clothing suitable for exercise. It is also best to wear shoes with laces, for attaching your timing chip.
Will there be a Story by Story® t-shirt for participants?
All registered climbers will receive a free t-shirt when they check-in at the event. You may want to wear a light-weight top and add the Story by Story shirt over it—or you can stash your Story by Story shirt in the coat check area. Climbers are not required to wear the Story by Story t-shirt at the event. Team members can wear their own team shirts, if desired.
Can I change my clothing at the building?
There will be some changing areas on the 10th floor, but space will be limited. We advise all climbers to arrive already wearing clothing suitable for stair climbing.
Will food and drinks be provided?
Yes, water and snacks will be available along the climb route in the rest areas (10th and 29th floor). More refreshments will be available during the finish line party beginning at 7:15 pm. You may want to eat something light before arriving as well. If you have dietary restrictions or needs, please plan accordingly. If you get a drink or snack at a rest area, you should refrain from climbing until you have finished your refreshments—drinks and snacks are not allowed in the stairwell.
How do I get to the event location (1411 Broadway, New York City)?
Click here for travel directions.
Where can I park near the event site?
Click here for parking suggestions.
What time should I arrive for the climb on October 18?
Climbers must check in between 5:30–6:45 pm, to receive their bib number, timing chip and important information. The event's opening ceremony will take place at 6:45 pm, and the climb will begin at 7:00 pm. Please arrive early if you plan on making any changes to your climbing route or need to check a coat or bag.
What if I arrive late?
We will do our best to accommodate late climbers, but we cannot guarantee participation for climbers who arrive after 7:00 pm. If the check-in area is closed when you arrive, please see the Help Desk in the building lobby.
Can I change my climb route when I arrive at the event?
If it is absolutely necessary to make route or climber category changes upon arrival, please go to the Check-In area first. Please arrive early and give yourself extra time to make registration changes.
If I am a very fast climber, what should I do?
Please use the left side of the stairwell, to pass slower climbers on the right side, similar to driving etiquette. If you are an elite athlete, please indicate that on your registration. Elite athletes will be among the first group to start climbing.
What if I get tired or don't feel well while climbing?
Climbers can take as many breaks as necessary in the rest areas (10th and 29th floors) which have bathrooms as well. Medical personnel will be located in the rest areas, as well as stationed throughout the building. An elevator will be available to anyone who is not able to continue climbing stairs. Climbers are not required to finish their route, just to do the best they can. If you choose to discontinue your climb for any reason, we do ask that you leave the stairwell and go to a rest area, for your safety and the safety of other climbers.
If I signed up as a virtual climber can I still go to the event?
Yes, please check in between 5:30–6:45 pm with the other climbers. The event's opening ceremony will take place at 6:45 pm, and the climb will begin at 7:00 pm. We do ask that you stay out of the stairwell if you are not climbing; please wait in the building lobby or in one of the rest areas. You can enjoy the finish line party from 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm.
Can my friends and family (who are NOT registered to participate) come to the finish line party?
Because of space limitations, unfortunately we cannot accommodate additional guests who are not registered for the event. Please encourage friends and family to register as climbers or virtual climbers if they wish to attend the event.
Will photographs be taken at the event?
Yes, inMotion photographers will be present during registration, the opening ceremony, the stair climb and the finish line party. InMotion photographers will also be on the building's roof to photograph participants as they finish their climb.
Please be aware that by consenting to be photographed at Story by Story, you are giving inMotion permission to use your image on its web site and print pieces and to share your image with media outlets. If you do not wish to be photographed, please alert inMotion's photographers during the event.