The 9/11 Stair Climb is back in Forsyth County

Justine Lookenott

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The annual 9/11 Stair Climb will be held in Forsyth County again on Sunday, September 11 at West Forsyth High School(Image by VO2 Personal Training Facebook Page)

(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.”

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This year's 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(Image by VO2 Personal Training)

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.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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