9/11 Tower Challenge
Join the Tower Challenge at Gila River Arena Saturday, September 11.
In honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001, and in continued honor of our first responders and military who protect us from foreign and domestic threats, we gather to pay our respects at the annual 911 Tower Challenge. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic event that took place in 2001.
Join us to climb 110 floors and 2071 steps to remember all those who were lost. Firefighters in full gear, Police, Military and Bomb Squad personnel march steadily alongside civilians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Photographs of our fallen heroes line the stairs, and participants pause briefly to read the names in recognition of the sacrifice each made while in the service of others. This powerful morning will reconnect you to the kindness, strength and bravery exhibited on that dark day.
Together we vow to Never Forget.
EVENT SPONORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
We are currently looking for event sponsors. Sponsorship levels start at just $1,000. For more information regarding event sponsorship opportunities, please email Lindy Smith at [email protected].
Key Event Information
We look forward to seeing you Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Gila River Arena.
Timeline of event:
For directions and more information on how to get to Gila River Arena click here.
Event parking: Lot G
Lot G is located off of Maryland Avenue. Please note that buses should park in lot G. Parking is free for this event.
Venue doors open: 7:00AM
*Please note there will not be walk up registration at this years event.
Pre-registered participant sign-in: Begins at 6:30AM
The sign-in table for pre-registered guests will be located on the plaza near gate 4.
Registration/ sign-in closes: 8:00AM
Tower Challenge Commences: 8:00AM
What to wear: Participants are encouraged to wear athletic clothes including sneakers or comfortable closed toe shoes. Firefighters are welcome to wear full gear during the climb to honor those who were lost. First responders are encouraged to wear their uniforms.
Prohibited items and bag policy:
For this event, first responders, including firemen, who are participating in the challenge are welcome to wear their full gear. Please note that all other guests entering the building must abide by the venues prohibited items regulations and bag policy.
For the full list of prohibited items, please click here.
What to expect:
The Tower Challenge will commence promptly at 8:00AM. Participants completing the stair challenge will climb 110 floors and 2071 steps throughout the arena to remember all those who were lost. Firefighters in full gear, Police, Military and Bomb Squad personnel will march alongside civilians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Families and friends of the participants are welcome to attend to support their loved ones.
All participants who complete the challenge are invited to ring a bell on stage on the Westgate Plaza outside after completion of the course.
After completing the challenge, participants will be directed outside to the Westgate Plaza for photo opportunities, live music, vendors, food/ beverages, games, and more. Enjoy live music after the event by local band Terminal Leave. Complimentry food from Rudys' will be given to participants post event. Participants are encouraged to bring family and friends to hang on the plaza before and after the event.
We look forward to seeing you there!