9/11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks was yesterday and Michelle and I headed out there with zero motivation.
At least I’m honest.
We got there early and had no idea where to go. None. We were clearly at the finish but we needed to be at the start and we needed to do a packet pick up. We wandered for a bit and found ourselves lost in a crowd and marveling at the disorganization.
There was no “packet pickup” there was ~get your t shirt and your badge. Instead of a bib you get a badge that gives you a picture and name of a person you’re climbing for who lost their life in 9/11.
I climbed for John F. Ginley Michelle climbed for Thomas Richard Kelly
Lieutenant, Engine 40 Firefighter, Ladder 105
Here’s how Michelle and I prepared for this day.
Did either of us even read the website?
In our defense we usually get emails with events so with no email we were left floundering.
Okay, we could have read the website. I totally own that.
They started the ceremony by raising the flag…
September 11th at 8:46 am we have participants gather together at the starting point (8:46 EST the first plane hit the north tower). We give a brief speech about the event and the route. We thank all for their attendance and we observe a moment of silence. At 9:02 am (9:02 EST south tower hit by second plane) we have the Colorado Emerald Society Pipes and Drum Band play Amazing Grace and the climb begins.
This is the largest stair climbing memorial event held. There were over 2000 people there, firefighters from 16 states represented.It was pretty impressive. They continued to mention the “sea of blue” which was a little painful because I didn’t wear my t shirt. But I was there so I’m hanging on to that.
Turns out, if we had read the website we would have learned what parking lot to meet in, what time it started and all the details involved with packet pickup.
I would do it again now that I know what it entails. Michelle…not so much. But it was definitely labor intensive with all the people. At the beginning during the ceremony one of the firefighters had brought a puppy with him and every time people clapped (it was a lot…people clapped a lot) the puppy barked a lot. He worked hard to quiet him but to no avail. Eventually people started to get quieter and quieter around the puppy but he kept barking…it’s tough to quiet 2000 people. This was a little rough. Michelle was definitely strained with the puppy part. But hey…that little girl (Millie) did all nine rounds of the stairs. She was amazing.
Firefighters and families alike climbed the stairs. There were so many people there was no running this, it was very slow. But we did the nine circuits and Michelle and I did two extra circuits because we were lost.
This event costs $35 and then they ask, if you can, to raise any extra fundraising for the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the NFFF.
The event could definitely use some fine tuning but overall I really felt like it did what it set out to do and it was definitely emotional and the workout wasn’t important, the climb was. The memories were. That’s what mattered. So yes, I’d do it again.
#myworkoutwas 11 circuits of Red Rocks stairs…
My September is crazy busy. I’d like to say it’s just normal but it’s already the 12th. THE 12TH. The month is half gone. I have a TON to do. So tomorrow mandatory errands and hopefully I get the rest of my stuff done this week because I think it might be at the core of my not sleeping.
And let’s face it…,my workout has to come first or I’ll slowly lose my mind.
Today I want a shake out run from the stairs..
Ten or fifteen minutes of yoga
and I’m adding a daily prayer time to my daily workout. Just to see if it helps me remember to take care of this stuff.