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Five Denver area firefighters met at 1999 Broadway in downtown Denver to climb 110 stories in full firefighting gear as a tribute to the 343 New York City firefighters who were killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center.
From one came two. The downtown stair climb registered 343 participants in less than seven days. Firefighters from five different states, representing forty-five fire departments signed up. The wait list swelled to over two-hundred, including several dozen West Metro Firefighters. It was quickly realized there was a need to expand this great tradition and fitting tribute. On August 6, with just over one month until September 11th, West Metro Firefighters Local 1309 approved a motion to establish and sponsor a separate memorial stair climb event.
40+ climbs are held across the U.S. annually, and along with the Colorado climb, over $6 million has been raised for the FDNY and NFFF.
No. The event is not timed and is designed as an opportunity to reflect and remember, while at the same time, getting one heck of a workout. You choose your own pace and your own goals. Some firefighters ascend with full bunkers and high-rise packs, others climb hand-in-hand with their families. Citizens range from running to walking to taking their time and soaking in the scope of the event.
The focus of the event will always be remembrance. The mood will be positive as we honor the people and events of September 11th 2001 with each step. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a most fitting venue for reflection and we encourage all who participate to occasionally pause, take in the surroundings, think of sacrifices that have been made, and see how today we have come together.
Just as our nation came together after 9-11, we need to continue to come together as a community. We as firefighters serve our community daily in providing emergency response. We view this as another opportunity to serve you by providing a means for you to bring your family and friends together.
Donations to 9-11 related charities are in steep decline. Time and distance from the tragedy combined with a poor economy has taxed these organizations. As you can see through the link to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, support is decreasing while the need continues to increase. It is also our goal to establish the memorial stair climb as an annual event to provide continued, consistent support to this charity for years to come.
Participation is open to all age groups. Children are welcome, but strollers/joggers are prohibited on the stairs due to the close proximity of other climbers. We encourage the use of child carriers (back-packs or infant slings). Children under the age of 12 need to be supervised by an adult and should remain in close proximity to their guardian.
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.
Bring a comfortable and supportive pair of shoes. The necessary clothing for a typical Colorado September day (temps from 45-90, winds, rain, snow, etc.). Sunblock. Water (hydration is key). Your friends. And a camera.
Firefighters from across the state and even the country have attended the event. Families of those lost on 9/11 (both first responders and citizens) have attended. Law enforcement, military, and search and rescue agencies have attended. Unlike other stair climbs, this event provides an opportunity for the public to join.
The 2021 event was limited to the first 1200 online registrants.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, Colorado 80401, United States