What if I did not raise the $100 fundraising minimum by the day of the event?
We ask all participants to raise or contribute $100 via the Story by Story® event web site no later than October 14, 9:00 am, when online registration closes. If climbers wish to personally donate the $100, they should donate this amount directly to their own account (through their personal fundraising page).
The $100 fundraising minimum is in addition to your registration fee. Your fee will also show up on your web page tally of funds raised.
Participants who have not satisfied the fundraising requirement by the deadline can bring payment with them to the event, checking in at the Help Desk (inside the Lexington Avenue-side lobby). Do not wait on the general line (on 47th Street) for checking in.
Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Help Desk staff can also provide information about pledging the $100, if climbers plan to fundraise after the event.
If a registrant has raised or donated the $100 online between the deadline and the event day, this information will be confirmed by a Help Desk staff person when the registrant checks in.
Any registrant who fails to raise/donate $100 in advance or to provide payment information at the event will be turned away. This rule also applies to "virtual climbers."
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.
Can someone register to climb at the event site, on the day of the event?
Where do I check in when I arrive?
Climbers and virtual climbers will check in outside on 47th Street, near Lexington Avenue. If you have a problem or need to pay your $100 fundraising requirement, the Help Desk will be in the Lexington Avenue-side lobby. Staff and volunteers will check in on the 23rd floor of the building.
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. Her Justice 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 in the lobby, but space will be limited. We advise all climbers to arrive already wearing clothing suitable for stair climbing.
Are there bathrooms at the event?
Yes, there will be bathrooms in the lobby and rest areas (23rd floor and 32nd floor) of the building. Bathrooms will also be available on the Finish Line floor (43rd floor).
Will food and drinks be provided?
Yes, water and snacks will be available along the climb route in the rest areas. 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 (245 Park Avenue, 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 17?
Climbers must check in between 5:30–6:30 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 (23rd and 32nd 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 5:30–6:30 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. Like actual climbers, virtual climbers must have raised (or personally donated) $100 in order to attend the event. Please collect the funds or make your donation online no later than October 14, 9:00 am, or you can bring payment (cash, check or credit card) with you when you arrive at the event. Unfortunately, any virtual climber who fails to raise $100 in advance or to provide payment at the event will be turned away.
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate additional guests who are not registered for the event. Please encourage friends and family to register as virtual climbers by October 14, 9:00 am if they wish to attend the event. Virtual climbers are subject to the same registration fee ($50) and fundraising minimum ($100) as actual climbers (see above).
Will photographs be taken at the event?
Yes, Her Justice photographers will be present during registration, the opening ceremony, the stair climb and the finish line party. Photos will be made available to all participants after the event.
If your team wishes to take photos together, but members are finishing at different times, you should plan to meet at the Finish Line party once you complete your climb. All team photos will take place at the Finish Line party, NOT at the Finish Line itself.
Please be aware that by consenting to be photographed at Story by Story, you are giving Her Justice 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 Her Justice's photographers during the event.