Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk to return

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UTICA — Utica Roadrunners and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation are coming together once again to bring the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk back to Utica for its second year.

The mission of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who sacrificed his life to save others during 9/11 and to honor the military and first responders who continue to sacrifice their lives for our country.

“When referring to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, people always say ‘never forget,’ but the reality is that we have a new generation of Americans who were not even born when the attacks occurred,” said Race Director Alex Gonzalez. “They don’t have something to ‘not forget.’ This is why it’s important for younger Americans to take part in an event like this and to remind them that there are people willing to sacrifice their own safety and security to protect us.”

The event is scheduled for Sunday, Aug 21, at 8 a.m. starting at the 9/11 memorial at the intersection of Memorial Parkway and Sherman Drive in Utica and ending at the Utica State Office Building on Genesee Street in downtown Utica.

To register, volunteer, or donate, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Utica/TunneltoTowers5KRunWalkUticaNY

Registration prices are as follows: Adults 18 and older: $35; First responders and military: $30; Children ages 13 to 17: $20; Children ages 12 and under: Free. People of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate. Area police departments, fire departments and military groups are also encouraged to participate in uniform or turnout gear.

Registered participants can pickup their packet on Saturday, Aug 20 at The Sneaker Store at 4490 Commercial Drive in New Hartford from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Sunday, Aug 21 at the Utica Roadrunners tent located at the finish line starting at 6:30 a.m.

Donations and registration fees raised from this event will go to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s various programs, which help provide mortgage-free homes to the families of fallen first responders and gold star families that leave behind small children, as well as accessible homes that are custom built to the needs of catastrophically disabled veterans. The Foundation’s newest program helps build tiny houses for veterans to help put an end veteran homelessness.

For more information on this event, visit: t2t.org.

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