Start Times

The Full Climb sponsored by Omron starts at 7:00 a.m. The Half Climb begins at 8:00 a.m.

You’ll be amazed at how efficiently 4,000 Hustle participants are moved through 875 N. Michigan and up the stairwells. You will spend time in line during the event but Respiratory Health Association has perfected the Climb Wave system to minimize your wait as much as possible.

Climb Waves

Each Hustle Chicago® participant is assigned to a “wave” time. Climb Waves begin every 15 minutes. You and other climbers assigned to your wave will be allowed to line up at the stairwell entrance approximately 15 minutes prior to your wave time. Climbers are then released into the stairwells in 8-second intervals to ensure a safe and regulated event.

The Full Climb sponsored by Omron starts at 7:00 a.m. with Climb Waves typically scheduled through 2:30 p.m.

The Half Climb begins at 8:00 a.m. with Climb Waves typically concluding by 10:00 a.m.

4,000 Climbers = Wave Times are Final

All Climb Wave assignments are final. With 4,000 climbers expected, it’s not possible to accommodate individual requests for specific Climb Wave times or change Climb Wave times after assignments are made.

Your Climb Wave is shared in your event packet at packet pickup. RHA is not able to provide this information by phone or email. Want to receive your Climb Wave time early? Sign up to receive your packet by mail and your Climb Wave time will be mailed along with your event shirt, bib and other materials 2 – 3 weeks prior to the event date.

Want to "Choose" Your Climber Wave?

Although individual participants can’t request specific Climb Wave times, there a number of ways to influence your assigned Climb Wave time.

  • Lung Health Champions – one benefit of committing to raise $1,000 is selecting your Climb Wave time preference.
  • Fleet Feet Team Challenge – all team members will be assigned to the same wave. Minimum team size is two participants – if you want to climb at the same time as a friend, consider forming a team!
  • Elite Climb – participants in this division are assigned to the 7:00 a.m. Climb Wave.
  • Firefighters Climb – teams and individuals are assigned to the 10:00 a.m. Climb Wave.

No Event Day Check-in

Pin your bib on the front side of your shirt and place your D-tag on your shoe – you’ll be ready to hit the stairs! There is no check-in on event day. You should plan to arrive one hour before your designated Climb Wave time to take care of gear and coat check.

Please note, there is no packet pick-up on event day. Participants who do not pick up their event packets during the designated packet pick-up opportunities will forfeit their climbing spots.



Have questions? Contact us via email at [email protected] or call (312) 628-0200.