2015-09-11 / Front Page

City issues special proclamation for Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers S.C. 5K Run and Walk on September 11

On September 11, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will issue a special proclamation from the City of Columbia for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk. The proclamation will declare Friday, September 18, 2015, as Tunnel to Towers Day in the capital city. The goal is to encourage participation in this patriotic event that celebrates and appreciates first responders and military service members who serve, save, and sacrifice on our behalf every day.

The event is set for Friday, September 18, 2015, at 7 p.m. in Columbia’s Congaree Vista. So far, more than 1,000 people are registered.

Along a picturesque course spanning the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges at sunset, the race is named in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died September 11.

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 and that our children understand the sacrifices made by many on that day.

The proclamation states, in part:

“The City of Columbia is proud to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Third Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk and is committed to ensuring that none of us ever forgets the events of September 11, 2001, or the sacrifices that were made that day to ensure our safety, security, and freedom.”

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 Blossom Street, across the Blossom Street Bridge, into Cayce, up the Gervais Street Bridge, and back to Columbia’s Congaree Vista in the early evening.

The goal of Tunnel to Towers is to support first responders and military service members who have been catastrophically 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.

You can register for South Carolina’s Tunnel to Towers 5K Walk and Run at www.t2trun.org. The entry fee is $30.

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