Tunnel vision: Thousands run through Battery tube to honor fallen 9-11 responders

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Never forget: Runners raced to the finish line.
Little patriots: Twins Olivia and Ella came all the way from England and donned pint-sized firefighter uniforms at the race.
Showing support: From left, Rebecca Briggs, Jackie Romano, and Tara Karen were all smiles on the sidelines.
Big winner: Katelyn Traut took home a new car at the event.
Special guest: Former mayor Rudy Giuliani, the city’s top pol during the 9-11 attacks and their aftermath who is now serving as an attorney to President Trump, spoke to attendees.

It was a run to remember!

More than 30,000 do-gooders from around the world descended on Red Hook on Sunday for a 5k walk-run fund-raiser that honored those firefighters and other rescuers who lost their lives responding to the 9-11 attacks 17 years ago.

This year’s Tunnel to Towers run, whose route through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Manhattan commemorates the journey Park Slope firefighter Stephen Siller took to the Twin Towers on foot while wearing 60 pounds of gear that fateful day, drew droves of big-hearted Brooklynites, international participants from England, some 2,500 cadets from upstate U.S. military academy 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.

Athletes, many of whom carried flags or ran in gear like Siller, started their trek on Richards Street, before turning onto Hamilton Avenue and then heading through the tunnel to the finish line near the World Trade Center.

The event, which organizers have staged every year since the 2001 terrorist attack, also attracted notable spectators, including former mayor Rudy Giuliani — who was in office when the horrific incident occurred, helped the city recover in its aftermath, and now works as a personal attorney for President Trump.

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 heros who dedicate their lives to serving their country.

Reach Deputy Editor Anthony Rotunno at or by calling (718) 260-8303.
Updated 3:40 pm, October 1, 2018
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Get with the times says:
It’s not the Battery Tube anymore - it’s the Drew Carrey Tunnel, you numbnuts!!
Oct. 1, 2018, 3:19 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
R.I.P. You are a hero and will be remembered forever.
Oct. 1, 2018, 4:52 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I wish I could be a hero, nobody honors cowards. :(
Oct. 1, 2018, 4:57 pm
Real Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆️⬆️⬆️Only a mentally ill person could soil a comment thread about a hero spewing their insanity⬆️⬆️⬆️
Oct. 1, 2018, 6:24 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆THAT mentally ill person is me⬆⬆⬆ When will the state pay for my meds? We need more Republicnas in office to pay for my meds!
Oct. 1, 2018, 6:35 pm
Real Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Tal Barzilai, if anything should be built, it should be something more within the scale of the neighborhood and with real affordable housing rather than what developers claim it to be. Seriously, I don't see why there always have to be new development when some just like the neighborhood as it is. Some are just opposing these projects because they feel that it will lead to gentrification that will eventually price them out due to rising costs. I do find it hard to believe that building more luxury housing will make all other housing in the area decrease in housing when the reverse tends to be more true. The reason I have used the Atlantic Yards is because it's a big example of broken promises and to make matters worse, the city and state are covering the costs rather than the developer himself. The other reason I opposed the Atlantic Yards was because Ratner was given the right to use eminent domain even though his project wasn't even public. More importantly, thanks to his connections with then-governor Pataki, Ratner was even allowed to bypass ULURP and get a special zoning through SEQR instead especially when he knew it could never get approval from the CBs if it had to go through the city. One other thing, those who lived in the planned footprint weren't fighting that project because they were going to be living with it, but because it was going where their property was, so in reality, they weren't being NIMBYs for that. Would you be for a project if it was going on your property? I would think not. As for transit hubs, developers only build near them if they know they can get certain tax deals on them otherwise they will just built in more affordable neighborhoods because they can get the land for less even if it means pricing out those that were there for generations.
Oct. 1, 2018, 7:27 pm
Real Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I wish I could be a hero, nobody honors cowards. :(
Oct. 2, 2018, 6:19 am

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