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Ikea Parking Lot 9 Red Hook Brooklyn

1 Beard St

Brooklyn, NY 11231

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What is a Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk?

The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series was created to retrace the final steps of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.

The run and walk event pays homage to all first responders who made, and continue to make, extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty.

How far is the Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk?

The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in New York is actually slightly longer than a standard 5K course. It is approximately 3.5 miles long. It begins at the Brooklyn portal of the Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel (officially known as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel), continues onto the streets of Manhattan, and finishes at West and Murray Street.

How much does adult registration cost?

*EARLY REGISTRANT SPECIAL* May 19 - May 31 - $50 Adult Runner $60 w/chip
Month of June - $55 Adult Runner $65 w/chip
July 1 - September 19* - $60 Adult Runner $70 w/chip (Time chips not available online September 19th)
After September 20 including same day registration - $80 Adult Runner $90 w/chip

Can I purchase a timing chip?

Yes. You may purchase timing chips online through Monday, September 18, 2017. From September 18th to Saturday, September 23rd, timing chips can only be obtained in person at registration sites. NO TIMING CHIPS WILL BE SOLD ON THE DAY OF THE RUN.

Can I register the day of the run?

Yes. Race day registration is held at the IKEA parking lot in Brooklyn, New York. Please note that no timing chips will be provided to those who register on race day.

When does online registration close?

Online registration will remain open until 11:59 pm on September 23, 2017. However, if you wish to receive a timing chip through online registration, this must be done on or before September 18.

Do I have to wear my bib number?

Yes. Please display your bib on the front of your outermost garment. Those running without a bib will be asked to leave the course, and will not be allowed to finish.

I am a fast runner. Can I get a front line position?

Runners predicting a pace faster than a six-minute mile will be seeded in the front corral. A separate entrance (marked in yellow) will be at the front of the start line.

Is there transportation to and from the event?

Yes. New York Water Taxi service begins at 6:00 am. Water taxis leave from Pier 11/Wall Street terminal. The last vessel leaves for Brooklyn at 7:45 am. You must be on line by 7:30 am to get to the start line on time. If you’re returning to Brooklyn after the race and festivities, wearing your bib assures free transportation from Pier 11.

Is there parking available?

Yes, parking is available by South Street Seaport in Manhattan. There’s no parking available in the IKEA lots on the Brooklyn side; only limited street parking.

Where can I pick up my runner’s packet or volunteer/vendor credentials?

Volunteer and vendor photo identification can be picked up at the locations listed below on the dates provided. Bib numbers/packets and can be picked up at the start of the run at IKEA parking lot in Brooklyn, NY.

However, we strongly advice picking up your packet prior to the day of the run at the same locations listed below:

Staten Island
St. John's University - Staten Island Campus,
Kelleher Center-2nd Floor
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
2 PM - 7 PM

The Conrad Hotel
102 North End Avenue,
New York City, NY
2nd Floor to East Lobby
Friday, September 22, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM

Will water be available?

Yes, water stations will be located at the start, finish and at a station at the end of the tunnel on the Manhattan side. Participants may NOT carry water bottles in the tunnel. We ask that you please DO NOT bring water bottles in the tunnel. With every participant’s safety in mind, we look forward to an enjoyable and successful event.

What can you bring to the event?

One (1) clear plastic bag will be supplied by UPS to put your belongings in. Please do not bring valuables. Have someone hold them for you. T2T is not responsible for any personal items/valuables.

May I run with a stroller, backpack, wheelchair, roller blades, bicycle, bags, water bottles, Scott Air-Paks (FDNY oxygen tanks), child-carrier backpacks, and/or and weight vests?

No. The run is restricted to foot traffic only, per the City of New York, for reasons of safety and security. For your safety and security the MTA and NYPD prohibits any backpacks, strollers and bicycles in the tunnel and on any mode of transportation provided by Tunnel to Towers. Important restriction for firefighters: ABSOLUTELY NO SCOTT AIR-PAKS!

Are refunds permissible? Can I transfer my registration?

Unfortunately, ALL SALES ARE FINAL and we do not allow refunds. However, you may transfer your registration to another participant. For instructions on how to transfer your registration please see here.

Will you be hosting a run or climb in my hometown?

We are currently expanding the number of Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk and Tower Climb events we hold annually. In fact, many volunteers have agreed to host events in their hometowns. If you’d like to consider hosting an event, or know someone who would be interested, please contact Liz Curtis, National Tunnel to Towers Run and Walk Coordinator, at 718-987-1931 or at liz.curtis@tunnel2towers.org.


Where do I sign up to be a fundraiser or join a fundraising team?

You can sign up to become a fundraiser at T2Trun.org. Select the event you want to fundraise for, then click START A FUNDRAISER. Then decide if you want to join a team or start your own fundraiser.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

There is no minimum but we encourage participants to raise funds to support our programs. Registration fees help offset some of the expenses associated with making the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk one of the country’s greatest annual events, but fundraising is essential for us to make a difference in the lives of so many in need. This year we have brand new incentives for reaching $250, $500, $1000, and $1500.

What are the fundraising incentives?

Check out our incentives

How long do I have to fundraise for incentives?

Funds will be counted up until midnight September 24th, the NYC 5K.

When will my fundraising incentive arrive?

Look for an email from us in October to confirm your fundraising prize. Prizes will be shipped out around November.

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Ikea Parking Lot 9 Red Hook Brooklyn

1 Beard St

Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Organizer Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Organizer of 2017 VOLUNTEER / VENDOR T2T-NYC

The mission of our Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001.  We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.


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