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9/11 Tower Challenge

20th anniversary

9/11 Tower Challenge

20th anniversary

Key Event Information

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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.

Bag Policy

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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!