STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The sacrifice and selfless courage of Sept. 11, 2001’s fallen heroes will be honored during the 12th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers (T2T) 5K Run & Walk on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to retrace the final footsteps of Stephen Siller, the late FDNY firefighter who made the ultimate sacrifice during his heroic efforts to rescue survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
More than 25,000 participants from all across the world, from as far away as England, are expected to embark upon New York City to attend the Run/Walk. Since the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s inception in 2002, this annual event and other related fundraising activities have raised more than $35 million for burn victims, orphans, Sandy Relief, and military causes through the “Building for America’s Bravest” program.
“I’ve watched this event evolve over the years into both an annual celebration of everyone who gave their lives that day, as well as a life-affirming event for the future of our country,” said Frank Siller, one of Stephen’s siblings and chairman of the Foundation. “With the help of volunteers, donations and dedication, we are given the opportunity to honor Stephen and all of his firefighter brothers in the most unique way.”
The run starts at 9:30 a.m. sharp on the Gowanus approach to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, goes through the Tunnel, north onto West Street, left onto Liberty Street, to Battery Park Esplanade, right (east) on Warren Street, right (south) onto West Street and finishes at West & Vesey Streets, across from the World Trade Center.
Although named after Stephen, the Run was created to honor the lives of the 343 firefighters who died that day, as well as pay special tribute to all the policemen, EMTs, construction workers and all the special people who lost their lives in their quest to save others.
As always, the Tunnel to Towers Run is made possible by the support of thousands of volunteers as well as sponsors including Duane Reade, Walgreens, CBS2 New York, Dunkin Donuts, the Gary Sinise Foundation, UPS, The Home Depot, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Shubert Design, North Shore LIJ, Bracewell & Guiliani, the New York Post, Southeast Friends of Stephen Siller, Fresh 102.7, WCBSFM 101.1, 92.3 NOW, WCBS News Radio 880, 1010 WINS, WFAN 66 AM, Media Networks Inc, Hope for the Warriors, Semper Fi Fund, OnSite Energy, and American Airlines.
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