Local 5k will simulate NYC's 9/11 Tunnel to Towers race
WEIGH SCALES - A 5K run/walk has been planned to honor the courage and dedication of first responders during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run is scheduled for Sept. 10 to benefit the Northumberland County Tunnel to Towers Team. The 3.1 mile event will start at the railroad tunnel on Badman's Hill Road in Weigh Scales and finish at Claude E. Kehler Community Park in Shamokin.
The race simulates the Tunnel to Towers race on Sept. 25 in New York that was created in memory of Brooklyn firefighter Stephen Siller, who was killed during the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Siller, who was off-duty at the time of the attack, picked up his gear at his station and drove towards the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on his way to find his company. After finding the tunnel closed, he abandon his vehicle and ran with 60 pounds of gear strapped to his back.
More than 90 area residents, including two of the local 5K organizers, Joe Alexander and David J. Hoffman, will travel to New York to run in this year's race.
Alexander and Hoffman said they kicked around the idea of a local race to honor the heroes of 9/11 and they would appreciate donations and anyone who simply comes out and supports race participants.
The local race course will travel from the tunnel to Route 61, where it will go south until Tharptown. Participants will be greeted by volunteer firefighters as they travel through the village on their way to Shamokin. The course continues back on Route 61 to Market Street, in Shamokin, then to Arch Street. The course concludes at the park.
Water will be provided halfway and at the finish line. All runners will be chip timed, which means they will be required to wear a small, lightweight chip that uniquely identifies them as they cross strategically placed, electronic mats during the race. In its most basic and common form, chip timing electronically handles the task of collecting and processing results at the end of the race.
The race starts at 10 a.m. Registration the day of the race will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at the park. Transportation from the park to the starting line will be provided.
Visit neparunner.com or www.runnersworld.com for pre-registration.