Tunnel To Towers Run Honors Fallen Firefighter

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The annual Tunnel to Towers Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is this Sunday. It’s a 5k race with the finish line at the World Trade Center site.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

The race started ten years ago with 2,000 people as a small tribute to Stephen Siller.

Siller was a New York City firefighter who ran through the tunnel on 9/11 with 60 pounds of gear on his back to respond to the terrorist attack. He never made it out.

His brother Frank says 30,000 will take part this Sunday.

“There’s no holding it back now, whether we like it or not, cause so many people believe in not just Stephen’s story, but the heroism that took place that day,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond.

Participants emerge from the tunnel to the greetings of 343 firefighters.

“Each holding a picture of their lost brothers. You know, you break down. I don’t care who you are. You just break down,” said Frank.

The event has spawned dozens of races across the country and as far away as Afghanistan, raising $7 million for wounded soldiers and orphaned children.

“We are being guided from above. There is no question about it,” Frank said. “I say Stephen’s got God’s ear every day whispering in there and saying ‘Open this door. Send this person to him. Send that person to him. Because there have been so many miracles,” said Frank.

The race itself starts at 9:30 a.m. and CBS 2 will have special coverage on television starting at 11 a.m.

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  • Meghan

    I tuned in watch the race and was disappointed because they did show the N.Y. Tenors sing the foundations anthem you should be ashamed of yourselves

  • georgia719

    It would be really nice if just one year some credit was given to Staten Island’s UPS who is the ONLY UPS location that dedicates the day (and night) to supply water and holding the belongings to all the runners. They are at UPS in the pre dawn hrs and go to pickup all the runner’s belongings at the sign up location and then wait in NY until all the runners have completed the race and after their catching up with each other and usuallyafter their grabbing something to eat, when they reclaim their belongings, usually not getting back to the depot until the night time. These guys and gals dedicate their entire day for no reqard but personal gain. Thanks STATEN ISLAND UPS.

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