REGISTRATION OPEN FOR STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION’S
4th Annual Orlando 5K RUN/WALK SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
The 4th Annual Orlando Tunnel To Towers 5K Run/Walk, PRESENTED BY 9/11 ORGANIZATION, CELEBRATES FIRST RESPONDERS & MILITARY SERVICE MEN & WOMEN
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT SERVICE HEROES LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS TO COMPETE FOR STEPHEN SILLER STEEL AWARD (trophy made from actual steel from South Tower of WTC) *Seminole County Fire Dept (winner for last 2 years) LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO COMPETE FOR STEPHEN SILLER HERO AWARD *Sanford Police Dept (winner for last 2 years)
Orlando, FL (Altamonte Springs)– September 10, 2016 - The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, whose mission is to honor and support first responders and the military, today announced plans to hold the 4th annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk in Orlando at Cranes Roost Park on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
The event will honor and celebrate Central Florida’s first responders—fire, police, EMT’s, paramedics—as well as military service heroes who serve, sacrifice and protect us every day. Registration for the 5K Run/Walk : Registration has closed; however you can still register at Packet Pick-up at Track Shack, Thursday, Sept. 8th, 12-7 pm or Friday, Sept. 9th, 10 a.m to 7 p.m. or on the day of the event; however you should arrive early as the race will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.
Registered walkers and runners have the opportunity to create their own profile pages that will feature their personal photos and individual stories. Additionally, participants can compete to raise the most funds and recruit the most friends to their team. Fundraising Teams can still be set-up through https://www.crowdrise.com/T2TOrlando2016.
During the post-run ceremony, those who have reached a fundraising goal of $100 will receive a Limited Edition 9/11 Challenge Coin. *Every Participant this year will receive a FINISHER MEDAL.
Joining the Tunnel to Towers staff and volunteers for the day will be (Altamonte Mayor, Pat Bates, Commissioner Lee Constantine, and Senator David Simmons (who has participated and won his age group for the last 3 years).
The 2016 Orlando 5K Run/Walk is one of over 30 5K Runs/Walks being held all around the United States this year marking the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and in support of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Tunnel to Towers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services for the nation’s first responders and military. Through its Building for America’s Bravest program, dozens of customized high-tech “smart homes” have been built throughout the country for catastrophically injured service members. These homes, created primarily for those who are now triple-and quadruple-amputees as a result of IED explosions, have specialized features run off of iPads to allow these heroes to lead as independent a life as possible.
About the Stephen Siller/the Tunnel to Towers Foundation: Tunnel to Towers is dedicated to the memory of FDNY hero, and father of five, Stephen Siller, who lost his life on 9/11. Stephen, who was off-duty when the first plane hit, drove to his Brooklyn firehouse and retrieved over 60 pounds of his gear, then sought the quickest route to the World Trade Center. Finding the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel blocked, in a supreme act of heroism, Stephen ran about three miles with that gear, to the Twin Towers, where he perished.
Stephen’s six much-older brothers and sisters, who had raised him after Stephen was orphaned at age 10, subsequently established the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers in his honor. Its signature event is its annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk held in New York City the last September of the month. The event, which draws 25,000 participants from all over the world, follows in Stephen’s heroic footsteps on 9/11.