As spring (supposedly) arrives, New Yorkers are shedding their winter wariness and looking forward to the rebirth a new season brings. Celebrate the city's renewal while reflecting on its past with two upcoming charity events, both from organizations devoted to supporting victims of 9/11 and veterans.
For the first time, Tunnels to Towers will host a Tower Climb at One World Trade (the tallest building in the U.S.) on Sunday, May 17. Participants will climb 180 flights of stairs to the 90th floor (hit the Stairmaster way ahead of time for this one). Registration costs $100, and each climber is required to raise an additional $250. Tunnel to Towers honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller, who died working to save others on 9/11. Proceeds will go toward military veterans with combat-related disabilities.
The third annual 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk is also coming up on Sunday, April 26. Participants work their way down the west side along the water from Pier 26 to the Financial District. Adult registration is $50, while teens are $30 and kids under 12 are free—you can sign up through April 23. There's also a Family Day celebration from 9am to 2pm on Greenwich St and Liberty St with food trucks, music and activities for all. All proceeds help fund the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Email 5Krun@911memorial.org for information on volunteering.