First responders, residents to climb Gila River Arena steps to honor the fallen on 9/11

Arizona firefighters and other first responders climb steps during the 9/11 Tower Challenge Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Participants recreate the climb of 110 stories -- 2,701 steps -- to the top of the World Trade Center towers to honor those who died during the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. [Submitted photo]

By Steve Stockmar
Independent Newsmedia

A great way to recognize the 18th anniversary of 9/11 is the Tower Challenge coming to Glendale at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave.

The event honors those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001, and continues to honor first responders and military. The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers each consisted of 110 floors and 2,071 steps, and each year thousands of people across Arizona walk, climb and run the stairs to remember. Firefighters in full gear, police, military and bomb squad personnel march alongside civilians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Maybe most powerfully, photos of those lost that day line the stairs, and participants pause briefly to read the names in recognition of the sacrifice each made while in the service of others.

Registration is open. Cost is $35 per climber. Register at .

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