The 7th Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk takes place in Savannah on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. in Orleans Square.

The race takes place in other cities around the country and began as a way to honor the sacrifice of New York firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Siller was off duty when he grabbed his gear and left his car in the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and ran to the World Trade Center where he lost his life. He was among 343 firefighters killed when the buildings collapsed.

The event also honors military and first responders and the community’s local heroes. 

This year’s event is dedicated to Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz who died in combat in July. The run also recognizes fallen firefighters Michael Curry, Mark Hummeldorf, Michael McFadden and James Perez. 

The money raised by the event will go to help families of those killed to construct smart home for seriously wounded service members. 

Registration is now closed, but you can register in person the day of the event. For more information, go to