Tunnel To Towers Climb

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1,000 People Hoof It Up More Than 2,000 Stairs For Tunnel To Towers Climb

June 03, 2018 - 11:37 am

NEW YORK  (WCBS 880) -- A thousand people hoofed it up more than 2,226 stairs and 104 flights Sunday morning at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Climb at One World Trade Center.

The participants were raising money for disabled veterans.

WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman spoke to finishers at the charity stair climb – including the oldest.

“It’s hard, but that’s why you do it,” said Willard Zangwill of Chicago. He said he joined in the climb because the “doctor wants more exercise.”

“Anything requires practice,” Zangwill added. “You think you will not succeed, and that’s wrong – and it’s true in anything you do in life.”

Also among the notables running included volunteer firefighter Jim Bush, who at the top asked his girlfriend to marry him. She said yes.

And for those wondering, Sugerman made it to the top too. But he must admit he cheated a bit – he took the elevator.

The climb is now in its fourth year. The event honors Siller, a fallen FDNY firefighter who ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel with his gear to respond to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Big brother Frank Siller helped start the Tunnel to Towers Climb.

The event also honors fallen FDNY Capt. Billy Burke, who remained behind to help civilians, CBS New York reported.

Honorary starters of this year’s climb included family members of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, CBS New York reported.