(Forsyth County, GA) The annual 9/11 Stair Climb will be held in Forsyth County again on Sunday, September 11 at West Forsyth High School.
The annual event is put on each year by VO2 Personal Training as a tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11.
For the past several years, participants of the fundraiser have been climbing the equivalent of 110 stories at the school’s stadium to honor the first responders who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Participants receive the name of a fallen first responder on their name tags to wear when they check in.
Owners Troy and Sara Zapp said they participated in their first 9/11 Stair Climb six years ago in Atlanta and wanted to bring the experience back home. Originally from New York and with firefighters in their family, the Zapps said they have a “strong emotional connection” to 9/11.
“It is beyond comprehension how strong those men and women had to be that day,” the Zapps said. “Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. To put yourself back in their shoes would be an impossibility; so if we can at least do something physically demanding that equals even one percent of what these brave men and women went through that day, that would say a lot about who we are as a community. And actions certainly speak louder than words.”
It takes about seven laps around the stadium (counting going both up and down the stairs) to complete the 110 stories and usually takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
“Being personal trainers, we certainly have a knack for being able to tell when something is challenging,” the Zapps said. “Without the 60-75lbs of gear these firefighters wear, you can definitely see the intensity that climbing 110 stories demands.”
Tickets are $20, first responders are free and children under seven are free. T-shirts are also available for purchase.
All ticket and merchandise proceeds will go toward the Forsyth County B.A.D.G.E. Fund (Benevolent Association to Giving to Employees of Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office) whose mission is to provide financial and other support to first responders who may be experiencing "unforeseen circumstances".
The Stair Climb will be held on Sunday, September 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the West Forsyth High School stadium at 4155 Drew Road in Cumming.
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