Break the Bank 2018

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In 2018, we were lucky enough to have KSTP Channel 5 visit us and create a video feature of the event. Check it out!


Event Details

Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN. (420 SE 23rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55455) Race check-in 15-45 minutes prior to event time near Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza, (West end of the stadium).  Same day registration is possible at the race check in location.  Parking is available around the stadium, $4-$6.  The Metro Transit Green Line stops right next to the stadium.

Date:  Aug 25th, 2018, racing climbers and Burly Bank climbers start at 7 am, participant and virtual climbers start at 900 am.

Purpose: FUN!  And to help in the fight against kidney cancer! This year we want to raise $60,000 to fund research scholarships to help attract some of the brightest young minds in Minnesota to pursue a career in kidney cancer and present their findings at national meetings.  Our goal is to have 633 register and we will get a $5,000 donation.  Each registered person represents 100 patients diagnosed in the US each year (63,300 total)  FAQ

Who likes this event? Everyone!  If you’re a serious racer or athlete, the timed race through 6,054 stairs will challenge you (3,027 up and 3,027 down).  If you just want to have fun, come climb as many or as few stairs as you please or do the summit stroll.  Every little bit helps us to #conquertogether  The lower bowl has half-stairs and handrails and at anytime you can step out of the course and walk over to the elevator to the Club Room.  Be sure to pop some kidney cancer cells (balloons).  Early Bird Registration goes until to May 31st, midnight (Adults $35, College/University Students and Kids 10-18 $20.00, under 10 free),  Then $45, $20, free respectively June 1st-Aug 1st.  After Aug 1st, and same day registration $55, $30, free and t-shirts sizes cannot be guaranteed.  If you are a university or college student, you must show your school ID at race check-in.  All climbers get a complimentary shirt with registration.

Sign-up online!

Which Climb Will You Choose? (all competitive climbers must indicate on registration, but non-competitive climbers are free to switch from courses as desired)

Virtual Climber: Back this year!

Have a medical condition that prevents you from climbing?  Or you’d just rather stay in the shade or the clubroom?  You can still join in the fun and support the cause.  Registration is $30 but you can donate more!  You can still get the great C4KC shirt, but must you pick the shirt up at the stadium on event day.

The Piggy Bank: Climb the lower bowl!

Smaller steps. Great for kids, families and those that just want to take it easy and have fun. 2,536 Stairs (1,267 up and 1,267 down), 760 ft. of elevation rise. Average finishing times are around 41 minutes, winning time 17 minutes.

The Big Bank: A Tour de State, Climb the entire stadium!

6,054 Stairs (3,027 up and 3,027 down) 1,785 ft. of elevation rise.  Average finishing times are around 54 minutes, winning time ~30 minutes. NEW AND IMPROVED COURSE DESIGN THIS YEAR.

The Burly Bank: Climb the entire stadium over and over until your calves just can't take it any more

Must climb the Big Bank completely and then return to the starting point.  You can start as early as 7 am and the last time through the stadium must be started by 11 a.m. and conclude by 12 noon.  Your fastest lap will be considered for Big Bank placing.  Record is 6 laps through the stadium!

NEW THIS YEAR! Summit Stroll 2K

Leisurely stroll, or run, along the top of the stadium, then around the mezzanine to cross the finish line.  this option is great for those who have challenges with stairs but still want to do something active. Just register as a casual climber and you can choose this option at the event.

Register online!

Other Fun Activities

  • Post Race Reception: After the race, head up to the beautiful TCF Bank Club Room for a post race reception.  Look out from the best seats in the house and see your face on the famous TCF Bank Scoreboard!  Learn about kidney cancer treatment, research and survivorship.
  • World Largest Gathering of Kidney Cancer Patients and Families! We hope to set the record for the world’s largest gathering of kidney cancer patients and their families.  We plan to take a photo at 9 am!  We are working with sponsors to get in all kidney cancer patients for free.  Please contact us at
  • Kidney Cancer Information: Kidney Cancer Experts from the Institute of Prostate and Urologic Cancers and the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Institute will be on hand with information about kidney cancer, current projects that have been funded by you, nutrition and other resources.
  • See Your Face on the TCF Scoreboard.  Click here for details on how you can see your face, or the face of your loved one on the famous 5 story TCF Bank Stadium scoreboard.  This is a unique opportunity for us to recognize our kidney cancer heroes in the same place where we recognize our favorite Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota Vikings heroes.


You can make your climb count even more this yearhat.  You can make an
individual or team fundraising web page through our easy online tool-click here.

It only takes a few minutes and then you can email, or post on facebook, twitter or other social media platforms to raise money.  Donations are 100% tax deductible and all donations go directly to kidney cancer research, i.e. none are used for event operating expenses, etc.  Instructions here. Or you can donate directly now by clicking here.  Raising or donating more than $50 gets you some extra swag like this sweet C4KC hat a Z-Hats original!

100% of the net proceeds from this event will go to University of Minnesota Foundation to fund 4 Kidney Cancer research scholarships.   These scholarships help inspire some of the brightest minds in Minnesota to pursue kidney cancer research during the summer and beyond.  Furthermore, they will help pay for resources to carry out the research and present the research at regional, national or international meetings.

Volunteer-  Become a C4KC TeaM8. We are looking for volunteers to help promote the event, prepare the stadium and help participants through the stadium and clean up after the race.  Click here to volunteer.  Volunteers get into the event for free and get a free t-shirt.

Frequently Asked Questions- FAQ  If you have questions, check out the FAQ page and if the answer is not there please post questions on Facebook or email at

Hosted by Climb 4 Kidney Cancer, a division of TeaM8, the Masonic Cancer Center and Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers at the University of Minnesota

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100% of net proceeds and 100% of donations go to fund Kidney Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota

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