Tunnel to Towers Fort Lauderdale 5K Run/Walk
32 E. Las Olas Blvd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
THE STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWERS 5K RUN/WALK RETURNS TO FORT LAUDERDALE ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
2nd Annual Event Commemorates 11th Anniversary of 9/11, Honors South Florida’s First Responders
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (July 11, 2012) – Plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Tunnel to Towers Fort Lauderdale 5K Run/Walk, presented by Patriot National Insurance Group, to be held on Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 a.m. starting at Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Boulevard.
In addition to a 5K Run/Walk, the event will include a day of family-friendly activities at Huizenga Plaza to include food trucks, games and entertainment.
Last year, the Fort Lauderdale Run/Walk was the most successful of all the community runs with more than 3,000 participants raising more than $75,000 to support the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Started in 2002, the Tunnel to Towers Run recreates the final footsteps of firefighter Stephen Siller who was last seen running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with 75 pounds of gear strapped to his back en route to the World Trade Center after the attacks. The event, which was originally intended as a way for New Yorkers to honor the fallen heroes, has now become a yearly tribute to everyone who lost their lives that day and transcends the tragedy. Last year, more than 20,000 people attended and took part in the NY event. So far, more than 30 communities have signed up to hold a Tunnel to Towers Run in their own towns, with the goal of one run in 343 different cities across the nation.
Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $300 for a booth sponsor to $10,000 for a Platinum package.
Cost to register is $25 per adult and $15 per child under 12 through August 8; $35 per adult and $25 per child under 12 on the day of the race.
Run organizers are hosting a “Kick-Off Bash” on Thursday, August 16 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at McSorley’s Pub, 837 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Admission is $10 per person to include two for one drinks, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, service by guest firefighter bartenders and live entertainment by Pee-Wee Lewis and the Hues.
All proceeds will benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to be used to build Smart Homes for triple and quadruple amputees from post 9/11 wars to enable them to live independently.
For more information call (954) 532-8790 or visit www.tunneltotowersfortlauderdale5k.com.