08/30/10 236 W, 1 I - + 9 - 9 Tunnels to Towers 5K Race in Wake Forest, September 11

The Midtown Raleigh News reported this week on the upcoming second annual local Tunnels to Towers 5K race, where local firefighters will run through the streets of Wake Forest wearing full turnout gear, as a tribute to FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who died in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

As the article notes, Siller was off-duty and heading to play golf when the planes struck the twin towers. He turned around, and headed back to town. Finding the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel closed to traffic, he ran the rest of the way and while wearing 75 pounds of his gear.

His journey inspired an annual Tunnel to Towers run in New York, and that story further inspired a seventh-grade teacher in Franklin County, who organized last year's race. The event is the only Tunnel to Towers run conducted outside of the big city. In addition to local firefighters, any member of the community can participate and walk or run the course.

Registration starts at 6:00 a.m. on September 11, and the race starts at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds will be donated to Stephen Siller "Let Us Do Good" Children's Foundation, the UNC Jaycee Burn Center, and Luggage with Love. For more information about the local event, visit tunneltotowerswf.org. For more about the story of the event, read the article.

Franklin Academy/Midtown Raleigh News photo

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