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The information below is organized by important topics, including: climbing experience, registration, donations, volunteering, event day details, packet pick-up, and team fundraising.
When is the event?
Sunday, September 29th, 2019. Your actual climb time is dependent upon the wave and corral you select.
How high is the climb?
You will gain 520 vertical feet in 832 steps and 98 flights of stairs.
Are the stairs indoors or open-air?
Open-air! There are two separate staircases spiraling upward, each with 360-degree views all the way to the top.
Do I have to climb back down after I reach the top?
No. Once you reach the 520’ Observation Deck, you will take an elevator back down. Also, make sure you visit The Loupe—the world’s first and only revolving glass floor—located on the 500-foot level.
Can I climb the Space Needle more than once?
Yes. For an additional $25 donation you may climb the Space Needle again! Last year, someone paid the additional donation nine times and climbed the Space Needle a total of 10 times - WOW!
What should I wear?
Our staircases are open-air, so please dress as if you were going for a run or walk outside (always factor in the event day’s weather conditions). Participants who register by the Friday, September 6 deadline are guaranteed a Base 2 Space t-shirt.
Will there be medical personnel on the stairs in case of emergency?
Yes. There will be a team of medical staff on duty to assist in case of an emergency.
How are start times assigned?
You will select a wave and corral with a specific start time during registration. Waves may start as early as 7:30 a.m. with the last wave starting as late as 5 p.m.
What are my options for pace?
To make the climb unique and exciting for each participant, Base 2 Space features many wave types. To be eligible for a trophy, climbers must sign up for either the Elite, Runner or Trotter Wave. Elite climbers will go first, followed by Runners and Trotters.
– Elite (to qualify, you must be able to run a 5-6 minute mile)
– Runner (able to complete a 7-10 minute mile)
– Trotter (mix of running and walking, or able to complete a 11-15 minute mile)
The Iconic Seattle waves are open to walkers and non-competitive participants. This year’s iconic waves include: Starbucks, Top Pot Doughnut, Pearl Jam and Dick’s Drive-in.
Can I change my pace level?
Yes. After you register, you may change your wave by following the directions here. Please note that there will be a $10 donation for each change. This will not count towards your fundraising total.
What if I get partway up and decide I do not want to climb all the way to the top?
No worries, there will be a clearly marked exit point at 100’. Once you pass this exit point, you are committed to climbing the full distance to the 520’ Observation Deck.
Can I carry a small child, bring a backpack and/or bring pets?
Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate and must independently climb the staircase; you are not allowed to carry anyone (including any type of baby carrier or sling). Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent. Backpacks are not allowed in the staircase. However, event day swag bags and 3L Camelbak are permitted. The specs for a 3L Camelbak are 20.9 x 9.1 x 9.8. Please note that bag check will be available to all climbers. Pets are also not allowed in the stairwells.
What is the Spire Climb and who can do it?
For just the second time in the Space Needle’s 56-year history, the public will have the opportunity to climb the tower’s highest point! Located 605’ in the air, a select group of Base 2 Space participants will win the opportunity to climb the tower’s mast and take an epic photo next to the Space Needle’s iconic beacon. Base 2 Space’s top 10 fundraisers, fastest male and female climbers, and two randomly selected participants will harness up for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Participants must be 18 or older to be eligible for the Spire Climb and must be physically able to participate. The Spire Climb will be offered in spring or summer 2020 and all winners are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
How long does it typically take to complete the climb?
This depends on each participant’s fitness level and speed. Top climbers finish in as little as five to seven minutes, while the average participant takes 20-30 minutes to finish.
Do I need to train for this event?
You should be capable of completing 20-30 minutes of intense exercise. You can walk the stairs and take breaks along the way, if necessary.
Are there awards?
Trophies will be given to the overall fastest male and female climbers. Base 2 Space will also award trophies to the fastest male and female climbers in the following age categories: 8-10, 11-13, 14–17, 18–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70–79, and 80+. Fundraising awards will be given to the top 10 fundraisers, plus two participants chosen at random in the form of an opportunity to participate in the Spire Climb in April 2020 (must be over 18 to qualify).
Will I receive a medal upon finishing?
Yes. All climbers who completed the stair climb will receive a Base 2 Space medal.
What is the post-climb party at the Broad Street Green?
This is an opportunity for climbers, volunteers, friends, and family to celebrate the work you have done to support leading edge cancer research and the Space Needle Foundation! The party will feature no-host food and beverages. More details to come.
Will the Space Needle’s recent renovations impact the event?
The stair routes will be identical to last year. Each participant will also have full access to the tower, include the world’s first revolving glass floor.
How old do I need to be to climb?
Anyone 8 and older can climb, but children 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
How much does it cost to register?
Registration is $75, however, if your register by Sunday, June 30, it is only $60. *Registration fees are non-refundable and are also non-transferable. Additionally, every registered climber commits to a fundraising minimum of $175, all of which goes toward life-saving cancer research at Fred Hutch and the Space Needle Foundation, which supports organizations who elevate our collective future. Youth (ages 8-18) registration is $50, with a fundraising minimum of $100.
Where does my registration fee go?
Your registration fee goes toward Base 2 Space production and operational costs and the Space Needle Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to investing in innovative ideas and approaches that elevate our collection future. The Space Needle Foundation is committed to supporting organizations who are at the forefront of transforming the future and who make a positive difference in the Puget Sound region. As a registrant, you will receive an official Base 2 Space t-shirt and more on the day of the event. To guarantee that you receive a t-shirt, participants must register by Friday, September 6, and must meet your fundraising minimum of $175 (or youth $100).
Is my registration fee tax deductible?
Twenty-five dollars of your registration fee is tax deductible.
Does my registration fee count toward my fundraising minimum commitment?
No. Your registration fee will go toward underwriting the event and supporting the Space Needle Foundation.
When is the fundraising deadline?
The fundraising deadline is Sunday, September 29, 2019. Your minimum fundraising commitment is due at the time you pick up your packet or before you climb on the day of the event. You will not be able to climb the stairs until you have reached your fundraising minimum. Any additional fundraising contributions above the $175 (or $100 for youth) minimum must be postmarked or submitted electronically by Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Any funds submitted after the specified date will not count toward your eligibility to participate in Base 2 Space’s grand prize, the Spire Climb.
What if I have a company match that was submitted before the Sunday, September 29 deadline, but has not yet been fully processed?
Please bring a printed copy of your company match to the registration and packet pickup tent. The printed copy will need to have your first and last name, and clearly indicate that your donation request was approved. The Base 2 Space team will honor your pending match and you will be eligible to pick up your packet.
What if I increase my fundraising goal beyond the required fundraising minimum and don’t reach it?
If you do not reach your personal fundraising goal in excess of the $175 minimum (or $100 for youth), no worries. We appreciate your support and willingness to go above and beyond! You’re only responsible for raising a minimum.
Do I need a credit card to participate?
Yes, you need a credit card to pay your non-refundable registration fee through our website. You may also send a check or drop off cash between 9am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday at the Space Needle’s administrative office (223 Taylor Avenue North) to pay your fundraising minimum.
Can I rollover my registration fee and donations to next year if my plans change and I’m unable to participate?
No. Registration fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Please refer to the information above or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do I cancel my registration?
To cancel your registration, email email@example.com no later than Friday, September 6, 2019. Notifying the Base 2 Space team of your cancellation is appreciated and helps the organizers plan accordingly the day of the event. Please note that your registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Why is there a fundraising minimum commitment in order to participate?
Unfortunately, cancer impacts everybody, which is why it’s going to take everyone’s support to cure this dreadful disease. The Space Needle Foundation is proud to support Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a world-renowned organization dedicated to eliminating cancer and other related diseases. All donations raised during Base 2 Space will be directed to Fred Hutch and the Space Needle Foundation. As a component of the Seattle Foundation, the Space Needle Foundation is committed to elevating our collective future by supporting organizations who are at the forefront of transforming lives and make a positive difference in the Puget Sound region.
How do I donate to a Base 2 Space climber?
Each Base 2 Space participant has a personal fundraising page. If you do not have a direct link to the participant’s page, please go to www.base2spaceseattle.com and search for your climber’s name or team. Once you are on the climber’s or team’s page, click the donation button and fill out the required information. Alternatively, you can mail in donations (cash or check) using our offline donation form. Please make checks payable to the Space Needle Foundation and mail them to 223 Taylor Avenue North; Seattle, WA 98109; Attn: Base 2 Space. All mailed checks must be postmarked by September 29, 2019. Also include the participant’s name or team name on the check’s memo line. This will ensure your check is applied to the correct fundraising page. Offline donations may take up to 5-7 business days to post to participant’s fundraiser. The EIN number for the Space Needle Foundation is 91-6013536.
What is the Space Needle Foundation?
As a subsidiary of the Seattle Foundation, the Space Needle Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s collective future by supporting organizations who are at the forefront of transforming lives and make a positive difference in the Puget Sound region. The foundation is proud to support Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a world-renowned organization dedicated to eliminating cancer and other related diseases.
Is 100% of my donation tax deductible?
Yes! All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 100% of donations raised during Base 2 Space will be directed to Fred Hutch and the Space Needle Foundation. Fred Hutch is a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the state of Washington and accepting donations from all 50 states. The EIN number for the Space Needle Foundation is 91-6013536. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.
Can I raise more than $175?
Yes! You are encouraged to challenge yourself and raise as much as you can for Fred Hutch. As an added bonus, the top ten fundraisers will get to climb the Space Needle’s spire, located 605’ in the air!
Do you have any tips on fundraising?
Yes! Please see our list of Fundraising Tips. Leading up to event day, you will receive regular emails with tips to maximize your fundraising efforts.
If I cancel my participation, what happens to my donations?
Any funds donated by you or others to satisfy your fundraising commitment are nonrefundable and nontransferable. All donations will go toward Fred Hutch to fund and fuel breakthrough cancer research, and the Space Needle Foundation who is committed to supporting local organizations who elevate our collective future.
What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising commitment by the day of the event?
You will not be able to climb until we receive your $175 minimum fundraising commitment (the youth minimum is $100).
What do I do if a donor gives me cash?
If the donor requires a tax acknowledgement, he or she must deliver the cash donation in-person at the Space Needle Administrative Office – 223 Taylor Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109. We cannot guarantee the receipt of any cash donations sent via mail. If you choose to deposit the cash donation and write the Space Needle Foundation a check from your own account or make a donation online, the Space Needle Foundation cannot send the donor a tax acknowledgement. For your convenience, an offline donation tracking form is available.
Do you accept matching gifts?
Definitely! Simply ask your HR rep or your employers matching gifts rep to submit the paperwork to the Space Needle Foundation. Be sure to note the matching gift is for Base 2 Space. Please note the time it takes to receive the actual gift can vary depending on your company. Some companies will send it within a couple weeks of your request, while others take months. Matching gifts are an easy way to increase your fundraising. Be sure to encourage your donors to submit matching gift requests to leverage your fundraising. NOTE: To qualify for the Spire Climb, climbers must submit written proof that they have been granted a matching gift when they pick up their packets at the registration tent.
Where do I mail a donation check?
Space Needle LLC/Space Needle Foundation
223 Taylor Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Attn: Base 2 Space
Can I fundraise via Facebook? Will donations raised on Facebook count towards my fundraising goal?
No, all donations must be directly applied to your individual or team Base 2 Space fundraising page. Donation transactions that are not processed through Base 2 Space’s fundraising platform (runsignup.com) will not count towards your fundraising total.
What volunteer jobs can I do to support Base 2 Space?
Volunteer jobs include, but are not limited to: Start line, Bag Check, Observation Deck Assistants, Finish line support, Medics, Hospitality Team, and Green Team. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I register to volunteer for Base 2 Space?
Visit our volunteer page and sign up!
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
You must be 14 by September 29, 2019 to volunteer.
Is there a registration fee to volunteer?
No. However, if you would like to participate climb, you will need to register as a climber.
Is there a fundraising minimum to volunteer?
No. We are grateful for your time, effort and energy. Of course, you are more than welcome to volunteer AND fundraise.
If I volunteer, do I get to climb for free?
No. All volunteers will need to pay the climber registration fee and raise the $175 minimum (or $100 for youth) to participate in the climb.
When will I receive confirmation of my volunteer job?
Detailed information, with your exact job and shift time, will be sent closer to the event (be on the lookout for details mid to late September).
What if my plans change and I need to switch jobs or cancel?
It’s important that once you sign up you commit to your job. We understand things happen, so please notify us via email at email@example.com as soon as possible if you are unable to volunteer for any reason.
When will I get my start time?
Your start time is established at the time of registration. If you are uncertain about your start time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I request a specific start time?
At the time of registration you are able to select a wave and corral time that works best for you.
Will I be timed?
Yes, each participant will be timed. Bib numbers and timing chips will be distributed at packet pickup. Pin your bib number to the front of your shirt. Your bib number must be visible at all times during the climb. Once you complete the climb, you can scan the QR code on your bib using your phone to find out your time or visit the Timing Table near the Registration/ Packet Pickup tent.
How can I make sure I’m climbing with friends?
Make sure you and the people you want to climb with are all registered for the same pace level (Runner, Trotter, Pearl Jam Wave, etc...) and corral.
Will there be a gear check?
Yes. We will have a gear check tent. You will be able to tag your gear with a tear-off tag from your bib. There will be volunteers there to assist you. Backpacks are not allowed in the stairwell.
Will there be food and drinks?
Yes. In our Landing Pad area on the Broad St. Green climbers can enjoy non-hosted light bites and beverage, and complimentary coffee from Starbucks and sparkling and flat water from Talking Rain. There are plenty of dining options at Collections Café at Chihuly Garden and Glass and several restaurants in the Seattle Center Armory are just steps away.
Where can I park?
There are many lots and garages, as well as street parking, surrounding Seattle Center campus. Please visit their website for more information. Please note that there is typically free street parking on Sundays.
Will there be water stations in the stairwells?
No. Due to space limitations within the stairwells, there will be no water stations. Hydration stations will be located at the start and finish areas.
What’s in my packet?
Your packet contains your assigned bib number and timing chip, as well as a bunch of fun swag items, including a t-shirt! You must pick up your packet and climb with your assigned bib number in order to participate.
When and where can I pick up my packet?
In the Registration/Packet Pickup tent on the Southwest side of the Space Needle. Packet pick up times will be announced in September.
Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes. They will be expected to provide your name and birthday, as well as fulfill any remaining balance on your account.
If I’m picking up my packet on event day, how long in advance of my start time should I arrive?
We would recommend arriving at least an hour in advance of your start time to make sure you can get through packet pickup lines and get to gear check in time.
What if I haven’t hit my fundraising minimum by event day?
You will be asked to pay your balance on site at the packet pickup tent in order to participate in the climb. Please be prepared to pay with cash, credit card or a check made payable to The Space Needle Foundation.
What if my matching gift hasn’t been processed by event day?
If Seattle Foundation has not yet processed your matching gift by event day and you need the matching gift contribution to hit your fundraising minimum, please bring written proof of the matching gift to the event. Proof can be a printed receipt or confirmation email from your employer (or whoever is granting the matching gift).
Can I bring additional donations above my required fundraising minimum to packet pick up?
Absolutely! Please accompany each donation with a completed offline donation form if you can.
Are you accepting cash, checks, and credit cards on site?
Who should checks be made out to?
All checks should be made out to The Space Needle Foundation. In the memo line, write “Base 2 Space.” If you are donating to a participant, please be sure to also note their name on the memo line.
If I bring checks to packet pick up, will the donors who wrote the checks get credited on my fundraising page?
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to acknowledge individual donors on your fundraising page when we process checks taken in at packet pick up. If you want to make sure your donors are acknowledged online, have them donate via credit card directly to your fundraising page.
Will you provide tax receipts at packet pick up?
Yes, we will have tax receipts from The Seattle Foundation that you may use and give to your donors.
What is the difference between an individual donation and a team donation?
Individual donations are made directly to a climber and count towards their individual fundraising goal. To make a donation to count towards an individuals page, visit the donate page and search for the individual you’d like to support. Team donations benefit the overall team goal, and do not count towards individual minimums. However, a Team Captain may request that team donations be applied toward an individual's fundraising goal by emailing us at email@example.com. Please note that if a Team Captain requests to distribute team donations to individuals on his/her team, the team donations will be split equally amongst all members of said team.