Thousands turn out for annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run

September 30, 2018 - 12:21 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Thousands of people flooded the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Sunday morning for the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk.

The race is held in memorial of the first responders who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The race retraced the steps of one of the 343 city firefighters killed during the terror attacks.

Stephen Siller was on his way home from work that day when he saw what was happening. He then strapped on his gear and ran through the tunnel, all the way to Ground Zero.

“The sacrifice that they do every day is amazing and I don’t think that they’re appreciated enough,” said Cindy Chastain. She told 1010 WINS she was running for her police sergeant husband, who died in the line of duty in Massachusetts.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation aids families like Chastain and recently unveiled its new Gold Star family home program and said it plans to provide 1,000 homes to Gold Star families with young children.