FAQs

About Registration

What is the Registration Deadline?

The deadline to register electronically for the Climb is Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm. You may register in person on the day of the Climb but you must meet the $125 fundraising total before you start.  

What is the cost of registration?

The registration fee is $40. Please see the Event Details tab for additional information.  

Is the registration fee tax deductible?

Registration fees are not tax deductible. See Goals & Fundraising section for information about donations made towards your goal.  

Can a child climb?

Climbers need to be at least 16 years old as of April 1, 2017 to participate. Parental consent forms are required for participants age 16 and 17. 

Do I have to join a team?

Joining a team is optional, but climbing with a group can be even more fun. All team members are assigned consecutive start times. Participating as a team member does not change your registration fee or fundraising goal -- but your efforts can help your team dominate the leader board. There are no minimum or maximum limits for team size. 

How do I start or join a team?

When you register, use the “Start a Team” button to form a new team and the “Join a Team” button if you want to join an existing team. If you decide to start or join a team after you have completed the online registration process, please contact us for assistance.  

Are there prizes?

Speed: Medals will be awarded to top three female and male finishers. Winners will be contacted in April 2017 and medals will be mailed after the Climb.

Fundraising: Prizes will be given to the top three highest individual fundraisers and highest fundraising team! Winners will be contacted in April 2017.

How do I participate as an Elite Climber?

Please see the Register tab for more information about participating as an Elite Climber.  

What can I do if I want to participate but cannot climb?

There are a lot of behind-the-scene activities that help make the Climb a great experience – and an amazing group of volunteers helps get all of those things done. Join the team that makes it happens on the ground and register as a volunteer. To sign up, click the Register tab, then the New Participant button and select volunteer as your participation type (there is no charge). We will be in touch with you in the weeks leading up to the event with additional information. 

If you want to offer your support to the climbers, friends or family, the lobby at 200 Clarendon is open to the public. 

About Goals & Fundraising

What is the minimum fundraising goal?

All participants must commit to the minimum fundraising commitment ($125). Your non-refundable $40 registration fee will be counted towards your fundraising goal. To participate on April 1, climbers are required to have met the required the $125 total fundraising goal. Checks, cash and credit card payments will be accepted on the morning of the Climb.  

How do I set my personal fundraising goal?

You may set your personal fundraising goal beyond the required $125. Aim high! Challenge your friends and team mates to outdo your ambitious effort.  

Are donations made on my behalf tax deductible?

Yes. Donors will receive a gift receipt and acknowledgment email on completion of their donation. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  

 Where can my contributors go to make a donation?

The fastest and easiest way is to refer your supporters to the personal fundraising page you create on the registration website. For those who prefer to write a check, checks should be made payable to Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (please write the participant's name on the memo line) and mailed to:  

The Ginormous Climb

The Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County

989 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215 

How can I check my fundraising progress?

You can keep track of your fundraising efforts by utilizing your fundraising page via the registration website. When a donation is made online, it is processed automatically and is added toward your fundraising total. Donations made by check will be processed and counted toward your total within 10 business days after it is received by our office.

What happens if I do not reach my required fundraising goal?

Your registration fee will be counted towards your fundraising goal. To participate on April 1, climbers are required to have met the required the $125 total fundraising goal. If your goal has not been met, you may provide credit card, check or cash on the day of the event to reach your minimum. 

On the day of the Climb

 How many floors are there at 200 Clarendon?

Climbers will ascend 60 floors of 200 Clarendon, formerly known as the John Hancock Tower. Most people complete a 60 floor stair climb in about 20 minutes. 

When should I arrive? How will I know my start time?

Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before your assigned start time. You will be notified by email of your start time in the week prior to the climb. Start times will be assigned beginning at 8:40 a.m.

Can I get a specific time or change my start time?

We cannot guarantee a specific start time for climbers. If you want consecutive start times for you, family and friends, you must form a team. Once bib numbers are assigned, start times cannot be changed.

What should I bring to the event?

For safety reasons, climbers are not allowed to carry water bottles or bags in the stairwells. Water stations are available at specific points throughout the climb.

A free bag check area for personal items will be available in the Lobby during the event. The Ginormous Climb, sponsors and affiliates cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items, so please do not check anything of value.

Can my friends and family attend the climb?

Friends and family of climbers are welcome to attend the event. There will be a designated area of the lobby at 200 Clarendon that will be open to climb supporters.

Can a climber stop at any time?

Try to avoid stopping in the stairwell. If you are fatigued, slow your pace and try to continue climbing. If you need to stop, please stop on a landing. For everyone's safety, do not stop on the stairs or climb downstairs.

If you do not wish to continue, climb to the next rest stop and inform the rest stop captain. If you are unable to climb to the next rest stop or are experiencing a medical emergency, do not climb back downstairs! Ask a fellow participant to alert the rest step captain on your behalf.

Getting to the Climb

Can I get to 200 Clarendon on public transportation?

You can take the T to either Copley (green line) or Back Bay (orange line) stations. 200 Clarendon Street, formerly The John Hancock Tower, is located within 2 blocks from either station.

Is there discount parking?

Discounted parking is available across the street at 100 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116. Present valid ‘participant’ identification, such as your bib number, to the garage office in order to receive the discount. The validated parking rate is $12 for the day.