Please join Lexington Medical Center, first responders, military members and families of fallen heroes for the first ever Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run and Walk on the evening of Friday, September 6, 2013. This unforgettable, patriotic experience will take place on at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia’s Congaree Vista, as our nation prepares to mark the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Hundreds of Fort Jackson soldiers will run in formation and South Carolina firefighters will run the race while dressed in full fire gear, which weighs 60 pounds. There will also be music provided by the 282nd Army Band from Fort Jackson. It’s the first event of its kind in South Carolina, designed to celebrate and appreciate first responders, who serve, save and sacrifice on our behalf every day.
The event 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 was last seen with his brothers of Squad 1 saving lives. Tunnel to Towers is a national program that champions our heroes.
The goal of Tunnel to Towers is to support first responders and military members who have been seriously hurt 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 Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s “Building for America’s Bravest” program. In addition, the Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K will provide a fund through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to help meet the health care needs of South Carolina first responders.
While this race has taken place in cities around the nation including New York City, there is only one Tunnel to Towers run in South Carolina. Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present South Carolina’s race.
South Carolina runners will include New York City firefighters, Fort Jackson soldiers and Midlands first responders. The route begins near the First Responders Remembrance Memorial next to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street. It will travel down Blossom Street, across the Blossom Street Bride, into Cayce, up the Gervais Street Bridge and back to The Vista.
Since September 11, 2001, more than 50 Midlands firefighters, law enforcement members and emergency medical service personnel have given their lives in the line of duty. On September 11, 2001, 417 first responders and one K-9 died in New York and Washington, D.C.
Lexington Medical Center employees are working to honor the 417 first responders and one K-9 who died on 9/11 by having 418 hospital employees walk in their memory.
The registration site is www.t2trun.org. The entry fee is $25. Importantly, businesses and organizations are encouraged to build a team of participants.
You can also sponsor a team for your business or organization, or pay the entry fee for a team of first responders. For more information, call the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at 803-791-2540.