On the morning of September 11th 2001 thousands of New York's Bravest and Finest responded to the attacks on the Twin Towers in order to perform the largest rescue and high-rise firefighting operation to date. Firefighters climbed the stairs of the 110 story buildings in their forty to sixty pounds of personal protective gear PLUS twenty to thirty pounds of additional firefighting equipment.
Recreating the climb provides participants (active duty firefighters) incredible insight into the physical challenge faced by NYC firefighters on 9/11. Witnessing the event provides spectators (family, friends and the general public) both an inspiring experience and intense reminder of the sacrifice, dedication and commitment required of firefighters to protect their communities around the world.
A Symbolic Tribute
The Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is not a race, but rather a tribute honoring the sacrifices of fallen firefighters. Our event features numerous symbolic elements, including those specific to 9/11. Some of the general symbolic elements of our event include:
The day of the event symbolic elements are placed into a timeline that mimics the events of 9/11/01. Some of these elements include: