Stratton firefighter Marcus Moore, who lives in West Swindon, is busy training for the most emotional race of his life – the Tunnel to Towers event in New York.
Tunnel to Towers is a 5km run/walk that traces the path taken by New York firefighter Stephen Siller on 11 September 2001. Stephen had just finished his late shift when he heard about the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. As the roads around the site had been closed, he drove as far as he could then abandoned his vehicle and ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with 60lbs of gear strapped to his back to help with the rescue effort.
Stephen was one of the hundreds of emergency workers who lost their lives on that day, and the Tunnel to Towers event – which follows the route he took – was designed to commemorate the sacrifices made.
Marcus – who works for Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service as a firefighter with White Watch at Stratton fire station – heard about Tunnel to Towers two years ago, when he travelled to New York to compete in the city marathon. He explained: “As I was running the marathon to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity, I was able to visit the New York fire service training facility, and there’s a memorial there to Stephen Siller. It made me want to go back and run the event, as so many firefighters died that day.”
This year is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and thousands of people are expected to take part in Tunnel to Towers as a result.
Marcus said: “I’m going to run the 5km in fire kit and wearing breathing apparatus, so it will be a challenge! There’s a lot of British firefighters taking part in the race, and I think it will be a very special day.”
Marcus is raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity by doing the race, and sponsoring him is easy – text FIRE74 then a space then £ and the amount you want to give to 70070.
The race takes place on Sunday 25 September and further information can be found at www.tunneltotowersrun.org