The Big D Climb is the biggest stair climb in North Texas. Participants race up 70 stories of stairs at Bank of America Plaza in Downtown Dallas to raise money for blood cancer research. More than 2,400 climbers raced in January 2016 and helped to raise $310,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. January 27, 2018 will mark the event's 10th year and our goal is to sell out the climb and raise more than $350,000. Can we do it? Absolutely! The Big D Climb has the best climbers with the biggest hearts. See you at the top!


You! If you don't want to try it alone, form a team and challenge your friends, family and co-workers to race you to the top of Bank of America Plaza. Simply click on the link "create a team" on the registration page to climb for a cure together. Racers must be at least 7 years old to participate. For safety reason, children are not able to be carried.


Saturday, January 27, 2018. It's a great way to kick off your New Year's Resolution to lose weight, challenge yourself, try new things, get more involved, help a worthy charity… you name it!


Bank of America Plaza in downtown Dallas - 901 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.


To find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Funds raised through the Big D Climb go directly to support research, patient aid, patient services, education, and advocacy. Help us achieve our goal of $350,000!


Meet Makenzi Ronnau
2018 Big D Climb Honored Hero, ALCL Survivor

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 In 2015, Makenzi was your normal active teenager who loved going to school, hanging out with friends, singing in the choir, cheering and playing basketball for  her Junior High and AAU teams.During the Christmas Break, Makenzi was practicing with her team and she started having soreness in her armpit and a low  grade fever.  Being active, she was used to her body being sore but this felt different. In January 2016, Makenzi caught pneumonia, which we later found out  was one of the first signs of her disease.  She fought that hard and, when she did not recover as she was expected, they did further tests.On March 23rd, 2016  Makenzi was diagnosed with Stage 4, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, non-Hodgkins (ALCL).During her 6 rounds of intense chemotherapy, which had her in  the hospital for 1 week then at home recovering for 2 weeks before starting it all over again, Makenzi was focused on only two things: being positive and doing  all the steps to get through each round.“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have,” became her inner motivation.

 While recovering at home between her treatments, many times she would go to the basketball court to work out, not only to keep her body moving forward but    her mind as well.While in the hospital, Makenzi built a bond with many younger patients who were going through treatments, helping them to stay positive  and helping them smile on the good and bad days.On August 16, 2016, Makenzi was classified in remission and her port was removed 3 days prior to her first  day of her Freshman year at Sachse High School.Today, she is a strong, smart and beautiful Sophomore doing all the things she loves while trying to be an advocate for LLS.She and her family have participated in the Light the Night Walk and Strikes Against Cancer baseball tournament. Makenzi speaks to individuals and groups about her experience to motivate patients and their families, and to bring awareness to the fight against lymphoma, leukemia, and all  cancer. Makenzi’s career goal is to become an Oncology Physician’s Assistant to continue to help others. She is honored to be the 2018 Big D Climb Honored Hero!

Packet Pick Up Details 

Wednesday, January 24th
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Luke's Locker Dallas
3046 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75205

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Please note that climbers will not be allowed to pick up their bib # and t-shirt until $100 fundraising minimum has been met. If you are unable to attend on the 24th, you will be able to pick up race morning beginning at 7 a.m.

Dedication Request

Climbing in honor or in memory of someone? Be sure to request a dedication sign. Click HERE to fill out a request for a dedication sign. If your request is received by January 16, 2018, a poster of the person you are honoring or remembering will be placed in the stairwells on event day.


Contact Libby Kaczmarek at libby.kaczmarek@lls.org or 972.996.5928.


Climb Day


7:00am - Climb registration opens
7:30am - Opening Ceremony begins
7:45am - Elite Climbers start in Stairwell I (Nationally Ranked in Stair Climbing by USA Stair Climbing Association)
7:45am - First Responders Challenge begins in Stairwell II
8:30am - Corral 1 begins
9:30am - Day of event registration closes
11:30am - Approximate last climber start time

Climbers will be loaded by corral. Climbers will be given a corral arrival time.  Each corral will be then led inside the building to their assigned stairwell.

Immediately Following the Climb After Party

Continue to celebrate your accomplishment at BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA immediately following the climb! Meet your family and friends and get your finish time, Big D Climb T-shirt and goody bag. There will also be plenty of food, fun, and festivities!


How many steps are there in the 70 stories?
There are approximately 1,540 steps in the 70 story climb of Bank of America Plaza.

How many feet are there in the 70 stories?
There are approximately 840 feet in the 70 story climb of Bank of America Plaza.

Where can I park?
Parking is available for a $5 fee at the Texas Club Garage located across the corner from Bank of America Plaza on Main Street and N. Lamar Street. Once you park, please take the elevator to the GROUND level and enter from the outside.

What's my climb time?
Expect assigned climb times to be posted on the Big D Climb Website on Thursday, January 25th. Climbers start their climb every ten seconds. Climb times are assigned to each climber prior to climb day. No worries if you are climbing with a team--we will assign you to climb one right after the other.

When should I arrive?
You should arrive 20 minutes before your start time. If you still need to pick up your packet that day or have someone that needs to register, please allow for additional time.

What if I missed Packet Pick Up?
You will need to pick up your packet ON CLIMB DAY at the "Already Registered" table outside of Bank of America Plaza.
Please allow extra time for this when planning your commute. You may pick up your t-shirt and goody bag at the Post Climb Celebration in the plaza.

What if someone wants to register and climb with me the day of?
We would love to have them join! The registration fee will be $160 (cash or credit card accepted). They will need to visit the "New Registration" table outside of the Bank of America Plaza. They must register between 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM. Please allow extra time for new registration. They will be able to climb with you.

What can/should I bring with me?
Just yourself! For security purposes, climbers will not be allowed to bring anything into the building on climb day (exception: cell phone and ear buds to listen to music). Prohibited items include bags, weapons, coolers, strollers, etc. There will be Gear Check located outside in the plaza where items can be checked prior to climbing. Please plan accordingly.

Water will be provided to climbers throughout the climb. Water and fruit will be provided to climbers on the 70th floor.

What if I want to pass the person climbing in front of me?
It's like driving a car… pass on the left and climb on the right.

Will there be restrooms?
Restroom use will not be allowed inside of Bank of America Plaza. There will be portable toilets located in the outdoor plaza at the After Party.

Where can my family and friends cheer me on?
For security purposes, no spectators will be allowed inside of Bank of America Plaza. Your family and friends are more than welcome to join you after your climb at the After Party located in the outdoor plaza. There will be food, vendors, and entertainment to enjoy!

Do you need volunteers?
Yes we need lots of volunteers to make the event day run smoothly.  Please contact Alexis Meyer at 972.996.5914 or alexis.meyer@lls.org to volunteer.