On Sunday, our New York team joined 25,000 participants from the Tri-State area to run in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K in Lower Manhattan.
The race, hosted by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, honors firefighter Stephen A. Siller who lost his life responding to the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.
On that fateful morning, Siller was off-duty and on his way to join his brothers for a round of golf when he was alerted to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Without hesitation, Siller immediately returned home, grabbed his gear and headed for the burning towers. For security purposes, the entrance to Brooklyn Battery Tunnel was closed and Siller’s truck was stopped. Steadfast in his mission, he strapped on the 60 pounds of gear and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers where he lost his life while saving others.
Our team was extremely proud to join the thousands of other runners in honor of Siller’s ultimate sacrifice, and to support all of our nation’s military heroes and first responders who risk their lives each day to protect our freedom and keep us safe.
The patriotism and spirit of the crowd was contagious. We ended the race feeling proud to be Americans and, of course, New Yorkers.
Participating in the event was a great opportunity for our team to join together outside the office for a good cause. For many team members, it was their first race so it was fun cheering each other on to help cross the finish line strong.
After 3.1 miles, we were all ready to do it again. Bring on the next 5K!