The sixth annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk is set for Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in Columbia’s Vista.
Along a picturesque course spanning the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridge at sunset, Lexington Medical Center is sponsoring a race to celebrate first responders and military service members.
The race is named in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died on September 11, 2001. That day, Siller was off duty and on his way to play golf.
When he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He gave his life to save others. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is committed to ensuring that Americans never forget 9/11.
The route for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk begins near the First Responders Historic Remembrance Memorial next to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street. Participants will travel down Gervais Street, across the Gervais Street Bridge into Cayce, up the Blossom Street Bridge and back to Columbia’s Vista in the early evening.
The goal of Tunnel to Towers is to support first responders and military service members who have been injured in the line of duty. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the building of smart homes for quadruple and triple amputee veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s “Building for America’s Bravest” program.
To register for South Carolina’s Tunnel to Towers 5K Walk and Run , visit the Tunnel to Towers website. The entry fee is $30 until August 1, with discounts for first responders, students and children. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to build a team of participants.
In previous years, participants included more than 800 Fort Jackson soldiers running in formation, South Carolina first responders, law enforcement officers, military service members from all branches of the Armed Forces, avid runners, families and teams from businesses and organizations. More than 2,000 people participated. Many more are expected this year.
There will be an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and an after party with an awards ceremony, music, food and beverages.
For more information about the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk, visit www.t2trunsc.org.
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