I am very excited to announce that I have signed up and will be climbing One World Trade Center in the inaugural Tunnel to Towers Climb in New York City on May 17, 2015. Information about the climb can be found by visiting my fundraising page at https://www.crowdrise.com/jason-t2ttowerclimb4/fundraiser/jasonbostic. Money raised by this event will help support injured military veterans.
This is a timed race up the iconic building that is the fourth tallest in the world. If I didn’t have enough butterflies and emotions enough from the meaning of this climb, the height of the WTC certainly just gave me more. We will ascend 90 floors up to the finish line with the beginning waves being Firefighters, EMS, Law Enforcement, and Military, followed by civilians. Races and climbs for me may be emotional for different reasons or causes, but this ties together a great number of them and I have no idea what this will be like. I can say this with confidence that I am moved to be a part of this and for a great cause.
I have been waiting for something like this to come along, knowing that surely there would be an event organized like this, but I certainly didn’t think it would be this soon after my previous race. The last time I was in New York City was on Presidents Day weekend just a few months after the September 11 attacks. When I heard that they were rebuilding I told myself that I wanted to see it when it was finished, so I guess this is a good way to do both and see the difference in the city.
Unfortunately one of the things which I enjoy doing, which is competing in my fire gear cannot happen at this event. Organizers have very strict rules that don’t permit fire gear of any type, SCBA, nor equipment. I, along with many whom I climb with are disappointed with that, but it certainly will not squelch my enthusiasm for the event. 90 floors are certainly going to be enough of a challenge in running gear as it is. I’ve raced at most 144 floors in a single day, but that was broken down into several events. I’ve climbed the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs (110 floors) all over the Eastern United States, but those are not for speed like this. I want to be that elite and want that solid time to leave my mark at the first event.
The cost of this one was a little steep, but the meaning behind the climb and where the money is going is priceless to me. Please if you can in any way donate, do so by clicking on the link https://www.crowdrise.com/jason-t2ttowerclimb4/fundraiser/jasonbostic to help me reach my goal. I have to raise $250 to hit my mark or they charge my card. Reaching that goal is simple though. If 25 of you donate $10 I will hit it! If 50 of you skip the morning coffee from Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, or wherever I will hit my goal. Please donate.