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BY ANTHONY ROTUNNO
It was a run to remember!
More than 30,000 do-gooders from around the world turned out for a 5k walk-run fund-raiser that honored first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks 17 years ago.
This year’s Tunnel to Towers run, whose route through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center commemorates the run Park Slope firefighter Stephen Siller took to the Twin Towers on foot in 60 pounds of gear on that fateful day, drew droves of big-hearted New Yorkers, international participants from England, some 2,500 cadets from West Point, and runners representing Gold Star families who lost kin in battle — a contingent that turned out in bigger numbers than ever before, according to an event rep.
Many of the firefighters participating also ran in gear like Siller, hoofing through the tunnel from Brooklyn to the finish line near the World Trade Center.
Following the main event, participants mingled at a post-race celebration that included a free barbecue, performances by country musician Darryl Worley and West Point’s Benny Havens Band, and watching attendee Katelyn Traut walk away with keys to a brand-new car she won for collecting more donations than any other person in this year’s competition.
The run raised more than $2 million, according to a rep, which went toward the Siller Foundation, an organization the late firefighter’s family established after his death that provides financial aid to families of heroes who dedicate their lives to serving their country.