On September 11, 2001 Steven Siller, an off-duty firefighter from Brooklyn ran in full gear from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Towers of The World Trade Center. He helped save many lives that day, but along with 342 other firefighters, he lost his own. To read more about his story and the race, go to the Tunnel To Towers Race website.
Yesterday was the 9th annual Tunnel To Towers Race, it's just about a 5K, 3.1 miles. The path of the course retraces the steps Steven took the morning of 9/11.
My husband had watched the televised footage of the race last September and was so moved that he decided he wanted to run the race himself. He had only begun jogging a few months earlier, but vowed to himself that he wanted to be a part of the race someday.
He finished in just over 36 minutes! I am BEYOND proud of his accomplishment! When he sets his mind to something, watch out... he WILL do it!
When I crossed the finish line the clock read 1:02:36.... however it took the group of "walkers" I was lined up with quite awhile to even cross under the starting line. I think it took me about 50 minutes to finish the race. I jogged most of the way through the tunnel, and walked the rest.
Seriously, WOW, it was probably one of the most amazing experiences. I'm including several photos that I took on my iphone during my journey. I hope you enjoy!
There were over 20,000 participants, and to date, they have raised over 7 million dollars!
The picture above with all the water shooting out is of the FDNY's newest boat, three forty three.
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