What is a Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk?
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series was created to honor the heroic life and death of 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. Honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty for all of us. For more information on the Tunnel to Towers Foundation please visit www.T2T.org.
Our 5K Run & Walk Orlando event attracts hundreds of local first responders and military service members and close to 2000 participants. Please join us and help honor our heroes.
This year marks the 10th anniversary for our Orlando event at Cranes Roost Park!
How far is a Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk?
This is a 5K (approx 3.1 miles). You are welcome to walk or run this event.
What time does the 5K begin?
This year’s event will be adapting to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing. We may be utilizing a wave start format, allowing for social distancing.
All participants registered as a First Responder/Military are asked to be at the start line at approx. 7:00 am, allowing spectators to line the course to show their thanks and respect, followed by a brief 9-11 ceremony starting at 7am and Race time beginning at 7:30am.
Where can I pick up my packet?
PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE (Altamonte Springs)
Can I register the day of the run?
Same day Registration and Packet pickup will open at 6 a.m. on the day of the race. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, day of registrations will only be available using a Q reader through your cell phone only. No paper registrations will be used.
*NO TIMING chips will be given Day of Event so please register early.
When does online registration close?
*IMPORTANT* Online registration will close on Friday, September 9, 2022
Registration prices will increase $10 for all registrations except for First Responders.
SAME day registration opens at 6 am.
NO chips will be given the same day.
Registration will close promptly at 6:45am.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is plenty of parking available at the Altamonte mall parking lot.
Do I have to wear my bib number?
Yes, please display your bib on the front of your outermost garment. Those who run 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?
There will be an announcement for fast runners to come to the 'Start'. However, please note that all First Responders will be corralled at the starting line at the beginning of the race and we ask that their position be respected as all runners and walkers should be positioned behind them and social distanced. The race is a chipped event; therefore, times are calculated based on crossing the timing mat.
What is the First Responder Team Challenge?
By registering with this option, you are registering to compete for a team award with your fellow department members. When you register with this registration option "First Responder Team Challenge", you will be prompted from a drop-down menu to select your team location name (ie: Seminole County Fire Department, Altamonte Police Department, etc.). All teams must be registered and finalized 24 hours prior to the race; No Same Day Entries Will Be Allowed.
There are three types of First Responder Team Competition: Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement and Military. Each team must have a minimum of 4 participants but can list as many as they want on the team. The top 4 times will be calculated.
For Firefighters: The Stephen G. Siller Steel Award: This stately award will display a piece of the Twin Towers steel and can be won by the fire department which has a team of 4 or more participate by running in turnout gear; however, boots and tanks should not be worn for safety reasons.
Uniform Requirements: Boots and tanks should not be worn for safety reasons. Minimum standard includes liner, pants, jacket, and helmet
Please Note: We will allow the teams to consist of as many team members that have registered under a specific team name to compete, however we will only be calculating the four fastest times (in full gear) from each team for the team’s total. The team with the fastest combined time will win the award and will have it to display in their station until the next year's run, at which time the award will be transferred to the next winning team. Win it again, and the team keeps it for another year!
For Law Enforcement: The Stephen G Siller Heroes Award: This award will be won by the fastest team of Law Enforcement running in gear. The same description regarding number of participants and calculation applies here as noted above for the Fire Fighter competition.
Uniform Requirements: Minimum standard includes approved uniform (can be summer uniform), gun belt, and body armor.
For Military: The Stephen G Siller Patriot Award: This award will be won by the fastest team of Military branch running in gear. The same description regarding number of participants and calculation applies here as noted above for the Fire Fighter competition.
Uniform Requirements: Minimum standard includes approved military uniform and gear as required by the military branch.
Will water be available?
Yes, water stations will be available along the route and there will be water available at the Start/Finish Line.
What can you bring to the event? Can I run with a stroller, backpack, wheelchair, roller blades, dogs, bicycle, etc?
Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted. Firefighter turnout gear and military backpacks are also permitted and encouraged! Please leave all personal items and valuables in your vehicle. All items should be stored securely at the owner's risk. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation will not be responsible for the loss of any items.
Can I bring my pet to the event?
No, there is a city ordinance that does not allow pets in the event site when an event involves road closures.
Does my registration fee count towards my fundraising goal?
Your registration fee does not count toward the fundraising goal on Classy.
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, however, your fundraising efforts enable us to continue to make a difference in the lives of so many in need. To show our appreciation for your time, passion, and effort, we recognize each fundraising milestone that is reached with prizes branded with the Tunnel to Towers logo.
Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration?
We do not provide refunds for the event regardless if you cannot make the date or the foundation needs to cancel the event for extenuating circumstances. Registration may be transferred to another person.
Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes, they can. They must present a copy of your registration receipt. And don't forget to thank them!
Can I still donate to a team and/or individual after the start of the race?
Yes. Donations will be accepted for the next 6 weeks following the event.
Where do I pick up my award if I win?
In order to expedite our post-race ceremony, we will be instituting a change to how the age group awards are handed out. We will have an “Awards Tent” set up on the site. Using a “QR” code, you will be able to access the results for your time and age group finish place. If you finished in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in your age group, you can pick up your award at the “Awards Tent”. Please have your bib with you so we can verify the result. Signs with the “QR” code will be placed around the “Sponsor Village”.
How can my company/organization sponsor this event?
Please send all sponsorship correspondence to email@example.com with your contact information and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours.
I would like to donate goods or services to this event. How do I do that?
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We make every effort to keep costs down to allow us to give the most to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation “In the Line of Duty” programs. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
As a participant, can I fundraise/encourage others to donate?
Yes! Once you are registered, you will have your own fundraising page and you will be able to accept donations online. Do you want to donate cash/money? We can help you with that.
Contact us at email@example.com and we can walk you through the process or you can send donations directly to ATTN: T2TOrlando / 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 - please give us your information so we can add it to your fundraising page. It's easy!
Where can I mail an OFFLINE donation (check made payable to Tunnel to Towers Foundation)?
Please mail any offline donations to:
Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Attn: Nicole A./T2T Orlando 5k
2361 Hylan Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10306
What is the difference between the Virtual Run registration option and the others?
As a virtual participant, you will be able to run or walk the event from anywhere. If you’re unable to attend the event or are hesitant about going out, you can still participate and support. Please note that you will receive a t-shirt with this registration option but you must pick up your shirts at the scheduled packet pick up for the event. We will not ship or mail any t-shirts. *Note: We are unable to include finisher medals in the virtual option.
Does Tunnel to Towers offer fundraising incentives?
Yes, we offer fundraising incentives each year; check out our latest in our Fundraising Guide. To qualify, complete your fundraising by October 30, 2022 for winter and spring events, or mid-November for summer and fall events.