A familiar fundraiser is running in for its fourth year.
Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk will take place June 4 to benefit the organization it is named after. The event is in an effort to memorialize those who lost their lives during 9/11 and to raise funds for the foundation.
Tunnel to Towers Foundation uses the money to pay off mortgages of family homes when service people lose their life while serving, as well as creating smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first-responders.
Additionally, the foundation seeks to address veteran homelessness and issue aid to victims of major U.S. disasters. In the past year, Tunnel to Towers has assisted with six mortgages for fallen service members in Middle Tennessee, including a police officer in Murfreesboro.
The foundation encompasses the whole country, but the Middle Tennessee event is organized by Joe Clark, a firefighter himself, along with a group of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the cause.
“This foundation means the world to me,” said Clark. “I am incredibly grateful for the way the community has embraced and supported this event.”
The goal this year is to generate as much support as possible, and Clark urges all who are interested to sign up or come out.
“I want as many people as possible to come be a part of it,” explained Clark. “We have over 200 runners signed up now, and last year we had somewhere in the neighborhood of 250, so we anticipate this event will be as big as ever and bring people out.”
The entry fee is structured according to age and those who serve or have served.
• Children 12 and under: $15
• Children 13-17: $20
• Adult: $35
• First-responder/ veteran: $30
Registration is available on T2TRun.org by clicking the link for Middle Tennessee. Runners and walkers for the 5K are welcome to participate regardless of age or ability.
Food vendors and exhibitors will be available during the event, and Clark assures all guests that there will be plenty to do during this year’s Tunnel to Towers 5K.
The 5K will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 4 with the customary auction preceding it at 6 p.m. The location will be Warren County High School.