MIAMI COUNTY — The first Troy Memorial Freedom Climb will honor those who climbed the nearly 2,000 steps to the top of the World Trade Center during 9/11 attacks nearly 16 years ago.
The Freedom Climb will be held at Troy Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 10. Participants will check in or register at 12:30 p.m. with an opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. and the climb begins at 2 p.m.
“The event is to honor and remember the New York City Fire Department, police and EMS who gave their lives so that others might live. By climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Center Towers, we remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11,” according to the press release.
The event will begin with the Troy High School band playing the national anthem, and Honor Guards from the Troy Fire Department and the F.O.P. Lodge 58, will post the colors. Troy Mayor Michael Beamish will announce the prayer with Miami County Commissioner Gregory Simmons.
The keynote speaker will be Congressman Warren Davidson prior to the event.
Participants will ascend and descend the stadium stairs 64 times for a total of 1,980 steps to represent the height of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center. Interested parties can register solo or team up with 2-4 others to climb or walk the track to complete the event.
All proceeds will go to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Troy Police Auxiliary and the Troy Fire Department. The event is open to the public and is family-friendly. There is an event fee of $25 or groups of 10 or more is $20 per person. Kids 12 and under are $10.
The event is sponsored by Abbey Credit Union, Kettering Health Network, Anytime Fitness, Storypoint, Optimist International, Krogers, Troy Board of Education, Troy City Schools, and Can’t Stop Running.
To register online, visit http://www.cantstoprunningco.com or visit Troy’s Anytime Fitness for additional information.