The Tunnel to Towers 5K began in New York City in 2002 in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who, on hearing of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, immediately strapped on his 60 lbs. of gear and ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the streets of Manhattan to the twin towers to do what ever he could to save lives. In doing so, he sacrificed his own life when the South Tower collapsed. In all, 343 New York firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers lost their lives at Ground Zero, along with thousands of civilian personnel.
The annual commemorative event, which saw 1,500 runners take to the streets that first year, has grown to more than 30,000 entrants, and similar events are being held all over the United States and across the world. This year’s event was held on Sunday, September 24th. Moretrench was represented by Project Engineer Anthony Gallo, HR Generalist Joanne Muccione, Marketing Assistant Liz Latuja, Staff Engineers Aaron Schoen, Demitri Zoubroulis, Max Schisler, and Ellen Kalnins.
The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor all military personnel and first responders who have made the supreme sacrifice. Profits from the event are distributed among various charities.