Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Tunnel to Towers Run, Brooklyn to Manhattan [RESULTS]

[UPDATE: You can view 2011 NYC Tunnel to Towers results here. The official Tunnel to Towers site doesn't link to this page, but the results seem to be correct; at least I was able to find my own time.]

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The annual Tunnel to Towers run/walk takes place at 9:30 tomorrow morning, Sept. 25th, starting in Brooklyn and going through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Lower Manhattan. I've written about (and run) the Tunnel to Towers race before, so I'll simply repeat what I said then to explain the idea behind the event:

"The race is in honor of NYC firefighter Stephen Siller, who was off duty on 9/11/01 when he heard of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He headed to his firehouse to get his gear and head for the fire, and since all tunnels and bridges were closed to traffic after the attacks, Siller ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and to the World Trade Center... wearing his full firefighter gear.

Sadly, Stephen Siller was one of the 343 NYC fireman to lose his life when the twin towers collapsed. But the Siller family has turned this tragedy that honors his memory and provides funds for a number of charities, including burn centers in New York and across the country; the New York Foundling Hospital; education funds for the children of fallen soldiers; and even the sufferers of Hurricane Katrina." 

Location: The race starts in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and the race has buses and boats to the Ikea store parking lot, where the registration area and baggage drop-off point is (trucks will transport bags to the finish line area in Manhattan). See the race page here for more information and a map, and see a starting line area map here. Note: they say you'll need to get on line at the bus or boat departure points in Manhattan by 7:30 a.m. There doesn't seem to be any mass transit access to the Ikea, and the starting line is near the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

As usual, the 5k (approx. 3.1 mile) race ends with a festival near the finish line with food booths, games for kids, and live entertainment, including Forrest Gump and CSI:NY actor Gary Sinise, playing with his Lt. Dan Band.

Check the Tunnel to Towers run frequently asked questions for more information. If you can't make it to the race, you can bid on an auction to benefit the foundation through Sept. 29th, or make a contribution anytime.

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