I’ve lived in NYC since 1994, and of course, like most New Yorkers, I vividly remember living through the shock, panic, and grief of 9/11. And to this day, I am still learning about countless brave New Yorkers who sacrificed their lives to help others that day.
I am proud to tell you today about the Tunnel to Towers Run. I just learned about it myself. It was created in memory of firefighter Stephen Siller, who ran through the Brooklyn Battery tunnel (which goes underground from Brooklyn to Manhattan) on that fateful day so that he could help save lives, and ended up losing his own. Stephen Siller’s personal story is a moving one; he was orphaned by age 10 and dedicated his life as a firefighter to helping others. When he died on 9/11, he left behind his wife and five children. The Siller Family has created this race to honor his legacy, and it has grown from just under 2000 runners in its first year to nearly 30,000 now. Proceeds raised from the Tunnel to Towers Run have generated over $10 million which has been donated to worthy causes including Wings of a Hero and Legacy Awards, Stephen’s House of the New York Foundling for orphaned and neglected children, scholarships to children of US military who died in Iraq or Afghanistan, and ongoing support for children afected by Hurricane Katrina. Please read more about The Tunnel to Towers Run mission here.
The Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk is approximately 5K (or 3.1 Miles) and takes place on Sunday, September 30th, 2012, starting at 9:30am. Here are some great images from last year’s event:
Come out to support the heroes of 9/11! Register now for the Tunnel to Towers Run or get more information about the run here.
The Tunnel to Towers Run is sponsored by Walgreens, parent company to Duane Reade (#DRT2T).