5k honors the lives of all 9/11 victims - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Second annual Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah steps off Saturday

Posted: Updated:
Finish line of the Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah Finish line of the Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The second annual Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah steps off Saturday morning. 

The 5k run/walk honors the lives of all 9/11 victims and the heroism of firefighter Stephen Siller.

He was off-duty on 9/11, but he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center and was among the 343 firefighters killed when the buildings collapsed. 

Tunnel to Towers races are held across America to raise money to build homes for severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Proceeds from Saturday's race will go toward building smart homes for wounded veterans in Georgia. 

Ret. Army Ranger Michael Schlitz is a recipient of one of the smart homes in Georgia. He lost his limbs in Afghanistan from an IED attack. 

"It's going to be adapted to meet all my needs the fact that turning knobs is very hard for me, put smart keys in my pocket so they open for me, motion sensor for lights, specially adapted bathroom, specially adapted kitchen. they really have thought of every single thing they could possibly think of to make this home," Schlitz said. 

Siller's brother, George, spoke on "Mid-Morning Live" on Friday. 

 "Since 9/11, the war on terrorism, these guys have sacrificed life and limb, and I'm so proud to represent my brother and see these guys. They're so inspirational, it's just remarkable how resilient they are and how positive they are considering the challenges they have," said Georgia Siller, of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 

WTOC is the media sponsor for the Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah. For full race details see the Tunnel to Towers Run website

Copyright 2013 WTOC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow