For my first-ever traditional 5K*, I couldn’t have picked a better run to participate in. This morning I ran the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in Fort Lauderdale, one of the many runs in memory of the firefighter, Stephen Siller. Even though I’m not an experienced runner, it didn’t take much convincing to get me to do this race.
Siller, a NYC firefighter who risked him life to respond to the 9/11 emergency calls at the World Trade Center, and his memory came alive today. Hundreds of runners ran or walked today to commemorate the life he gave.
I’ve been training for next week’s 195-mile Ragnar Relay in San Francisco/Napa Valley, maxing out at 5-mile training runs (which I have NEVER ran continuously in my entire life before), so I felt pretty comfortable when I signed up to run this 5K (3.1 miles). To be honest, I never thought I’d do back-to-back organized races. But here I go.
This race started in Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale and we even ran through the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel. I ran 29:03, a FAR pejorative time compared to my other friends (21:20, 22:49, 22:47), but I’m just glad I finished sub-30 minutes. Even more, I’m glad to have contributed to the memory of a great man and the cause that we’re memorializing.
*Last year I completed Warrior Dash (read about my experience here), a 5K that’s filled with obstacles (so I got plenty of breaks in between the runs).