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Tunnel to Tower Run – Honoring Heroes Through Sports

What were you doing 16 years ago on September 11?

You can pick almost any other date on the calendar and most would be hard pressed to recall a daily digest from even one year past let alone 16 years.

But mention 9/11/01 and oh boy.

For those of us ‘of age’ we can remember – almost to the minute – what was going on in our lives when we heard ‘the’ news.  We can also remember how we heard about it, who told us and how long it took before we turned our TVs and radios on in disbelief because we just had to hear about it from another source.  Why?  Because it was that awful.  It was one of those moments in time when quite frankly we weren’t sure there would be another moment in time.  For any of us.  And then, slowly, painfully, as that awful day progressed we learned that for many 09/11/01 was indeed their last day on earth.  And then in the weeks and months and even years that followed many more lives would be lost, in so many different ways and in many, many different countries than our own.  All in the name of what is now simply referred to as 9/11.

And if you follow us here in the Hospitality Hive you know we tend not to dwell on ugly or depressing stories, as the word hospitality is well, rather happy and civil, right?  Heck yes.  So this is where we turn this particular blog post into something more positive and uplifting. Whew!  Today I’m reporting on a way that anyone reading this can involve themselves in honoring the sacrifices made, past and present, by our First Responders and Military Heroes by participating in the upcoming Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk that will take place on Saturday, September 9 at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. For more on Stephen Siller, check this out but FULL DISCLOSURE:  You’ll probably want some tissues close by.  Sayin’.

So, as stories develop – and this is a good one about the T2TRun, as the annual race is now affectionately referred to –  and it’s kind of a story that’s been building itself out of ashes into sunlight with race locations all across the country at different times of the year culminating, of course, with the annual one in New York City.  Further, if you keep reading I can promise you there’s a potential happy ending. . .

But first, here’s a wonderful video explaining the rest of this story and how our local community gets involved each year:

And hey, did you catch a glimpse at those firefighters that actually run in full gear?  Yeah, try your next 5K strapping on 45 pounds or more and see how fast and how far you can go!  Many of our local guys do it in memory of 343, the number of firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11.

I could go on about how our local police squads, firefighters, paramedics and first responders train to participate in this upcoming 5K but you’ve really got to see it to believe it.  Of course race organizers want more participants, but it’s also great just to see the spectators coming out to support the runners and walkers.

To sign up as a runner/walker or for more information, please go here.

Oh and lest you think this race is only about firefighters you should know that all proceeds will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, including our Building for America’s Bravest program which builds specially adapted, custom designed smart homes for our nation’s most catastrophically injured service members.

Now, about that happy ending, at least in Altamonte Springs on race day.  Let’s just say it involves the afterglow party at World of Beer right there where the race happens at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.  The party is for everyone – race participants, volunteers, spectators and American Idol participants – say what? Oh, did I forget to mention the part about Idol celeb, Jax, attending and singing at this year’s race? Well now you know.

So, one way or another, everyone really can still join in on some of the fun of honoring heroes through sports, and here at the Hive we think that’s a very good thing!

 

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