Albany "Tunnel to Towers" Climb set for Sunday

Like to climb stairs?  Here's a challenge you might consider.  

The Stephen Siller "Tunnel to Towers" Foundation is getting ready for its second Remembrance Climb at Albany's Corning Tower this coming Sunday.  The event is in honor of a New York City firefighter who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on September 11th, 2001 to get to the twin towers.  He headed up the stairs, and was never seen again.  

"The Albany fire department has a couple of teams that will be going up," said Keeran Shumay, the Foundation's Volunteer Client Director. "It kind of gives them the feel of what those firefighters felt that day as they were going up the stairs."

So far, about 60 firefighters and civilians have signed up to climb the 42 flights at the Corning Tower. Shumay says one Albany firefighter did it in 10 minutes--in full gear--last year.  

The average for a civilian, she says is more like 30 minutes.  Registration is open until Wednesday. The Foundation raised about $60 thousand last year, and are hoping to surpass that figure this time around.

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