September 8, 2018
The mission of our Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country
FAQ – HOUSTON, TX
How long is the T2T Tower Climb at 1001 Fannin?
You will be climbing up to the 48th Floor – that’s 1066 steps.
How many steps are there per flight?
The number of steps vary per flight.
Do I have to climb all the way to the 48th Floor in order to participate in the T2T Tower Climb?
Yes, but there are various floors where we have water and rest stops including: 10,20,30,40.
Will there be Medical assistance if necessary?
There will be medics on the premises in the event of an emergency.
Will hallways be included in the climb distance?
There are no hallways included in the climb.
What direction does the stairwell wind (to the left or to the right)?
The stairwell winds to the left.
Is there a limit on how many people can register?
The stairwell winds to the right.
Is there a limit on how many people can register?
We are limiting the event to 500 participants – the earlier you register, the more likely you will be able to take part in this unique event!
How long does the T2T Tower Climb take?
This depends on how many floors you climb, and on your fitness level, speed and amount of time spent at rest areas. Elite Climbers may finish the 50 -story climb in less than 10 minutes, while the average participant should take about 25-40 minutes to finish.
Is this a timed climb?
Yes. Timing chips will be attached your shoe and will record your finish time. The timing chip should remain affixed to your shoe. In order to receive an accurate time, please make sure your bib is clearly visible on the FRONT of the torso.
Check back shortly for information on wave assignments and the link to the website with official results!
Can climbers stop on a landing to catch their breath?
Yes, but be aware that other participants are behind you, so please try to stay out of their way. Slower climbers should move to the right, allowing faster climbers to pass on the left.
I might get tired and be unable to finish, what should I do?
No problem, just find a volunteer or staff member who can escort you to the nearest rest area and direct you to an elevator.
I’m a first responder; can I wear my bunker/turnout gear, scott packs, etc.?
Yes, you may wear turnout gear. In fact, we encourage it!
What is an "Elite Climber”?
An Elite Climber is a competitive stair climber who routinely participates in stair climb events and can run up the stairs, completing the climb in a very fast time. Most participants are NOT considered Elite Climbers. The average participant will climb at a moderate pace and consider a 50-story climb to be no more strenuous than their typical gym workout.
Packet Pick-up, Start Times and Wave Assignments (UPDATED)
When can I pick up my registration packet (bib and t-shirt)?
Packet pick up will take place. CHECK BACK WE WILL POST THIS SOON! ?PACKET PICK UP WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY September 7th.
On event day, you can pick up your bib and t-shirt starting at 8 am. ?All climbers MUST have a bib in order to participate. Check back shortly for information on wave assignments.
Why am I being assigned a start time?
Climbers' start times must be staggered, with First Responders/Military and Elite Climbers starting in the first waves. This is done to in order to ensure that the stairways aren’t congested and to ensure everyone's safety in the stairwells.
When will I receive my start time?
Wave assignments will be emailed to you several days before the climb event.
I want to climb with my team, family or a group of friends. Will we be able to start the climb together?
Yes, but you must be part of a team in order to be assigned the same start time. Please make sure to indicate what team you are climbing with.
Are team members assigned the same start times?
Yes, team members will be assigned the same start time UNLESS a team member indicates that he or she is an elite climber while the rest of the team is not. All elite climbers will be assigned to one of the initial waves. Check back shortly for information on wave assignments.
Can I climb in my bunker/turnout gear, scott packs, etc.?
Yes, First Responders Only.
Event Day Information
What time should I arrive at the event?
The event will begin at 8:30 am with an opening ceremony. The first wave will begin promptly at 9 am. Please plan to arrive NO more than 30 minutes PRIOR to your assigned start time. All participants must have their bibs in order to participate in the event. Closing ceremonies will take place around 10:30 am. We encourage all participants to come for opening and closing ceremonies.
How do I get the event?
The address to use for your GPS is: 1001 Fannin Street, Houston, TX.
Is parking available?
YES: Parking is available at discounted rate in the building garage.
Is a bag check area provided?
Due to strict security regulations, we ask that you please DO NOT bring any bags, back packs, purses and/or valuables with you to the event. There will be no bag check so please plan accordingly. We will check any small items that can fit in a sandwich size clear Ziploc bag i.e. car keys, cell phone. The Foundation is not responsible for any personal items/valuables.?
Are electronics, cameras allowed at the T2T Tower Climb?
Yes, cameras and cell phones are allowed in the building.
Can I bring my cell phone?
Yes, you may bring your cell phones in the stairs.
Will there be water stations along the climb?
Yes. There will be multiple water stations along the climb.
Can my friends and family wait for me at the finish line on the 48th Floor?
No. Due to space limitations and security restrictions, no spectators are allowed at the finish line.
Will I receive an event t-shirt?
Yes. All participants in The T2T Tower Climb will receive an event t-shirt and finisher's medal.
T-shirts can be picked up at the designated packet pick-up locations (to be determined).
What is the entry fee for the T2T Tower Climb?
The entry fee for all climbers is $40.
Is there a fundraising minimum?
Yes, there is a mandatory $100 minimum fundraising requirement for all participants in addition to the entry fee. Any first responders or military will not be charged the minimum fundraising.
Why is there a minimum fundraising requirement?
The goal of this event is to raise money to honor first responders and military heroes. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s various programs including our Building for America’s Bravest program, which builds smart homes for our nation’s catastrophically injured service members. To learn more about the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and our programs, please visit www.tunnel2towers.org
Is there a minimum age to participate?
Yes, participants in the T2T Tower Climb must be at least 13 years old on event day.
When is the deadline to register for the T2T Tower Climb?
Registration will close at midnight on Wednesday September 5, 2018 or when capacity is reached.
What if I want to register after September 5th?
You may register for $40, plus $100 minimum fundraising in person at packet pick up or at the event on Saturday September 8thth before 9 am.
Anyone wishing to register in person can attend packet pick up on Friday, September 7th and pay $140 which includes the fundraising minimum. Checks or credit cards only. Please do not bring cash.
When is the deadline to meet the $100 minimum fundraising requirement?
Each participant must meet the fundraising requirement by Wednesday September 5th at midnight. Participants must agree to meet the minimum fundraising requirement in order to register. If the fundraising minimum is not met by this deadline, participants' credit cards will be charged $100 or the difference, should a portion of the $100 minimum be raised.
Can I register without agreeing to meet the minimum fundraising requirement and without acknowledging that I know my credit card will be charged if I don't raise at least $100?
No. You will not be able to complete your registration if you do not agree to meeting the fundraising requirement and to understanding that your credit card will be charged if the $100 minimum is not met by September 5th, 2018. Therefore, if you have registered, you have agreed to these terms. Please carefully read all of the terms and conditions as you are registering. All participants are responsible for reading what they agree to when registering.
Can I immediately make a donation of $100 in addition to paying the entry fee instead of fundraising to meet the minimum requirement?
Yes. Once you have completed your registration, you can make a donation of $100 on your individual team page. You’ll be all set to participate but we still encourage you to fundraise beyond the $100 since all proceeds benefit our first responders and military heroes!
Can I make a donation of less than $100 in addition to paying the entry fee when registering that will count towards my minimum fundraising requirement?
Yes. If you make a donation on your individual team page that is less than $100, you just have to raise the difference by the September 5th , 2018 deadline. For instance, if you make an additional donation of $50 when you register, you'll just have to raise $50 before September 5th , 2018 or your credit card will automatically be charged the difference.
My company has a matching gift program. Can a matching gift count towards my minimum fundraising requirement?
Yes, but only if the matching gift is received by Tuesday September 4th, 2018. Unfortunately, we cannot rely on pledges (matching gift or otherwise) since there is no guarantee that payment will be received. If the matching gift is received by then, we will be happy to apply it to your minimum requirement.
Is any portion of my entry fee tax-deductible?
No. The entry fee helps cover the cost of producing the T2T Tower Climb, and includes a participant t-shirt. This is why fundraising is so important! All donations made or raised above and beyond your entry fee are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Can I register friends or family members at the same time I register?
Unfortunately, group registration is not an option at this time. We ask that you register multiple participants as separate transactions. You will still be able to climb and fundraise as a group!
Can I climb with family and friends?
Yes, but you must be part of a team in order to be assigned the same start time. Please see Team Information for more details. Check back shortly for information on wave assignments.
If I am no longer able to make it to the T2T Tower Climb after registering, can I get a refund or have someone else climb in my place?
No, participation is non-transferrable and registration fees are non-refundable. Your registration fee will become a fully tax-deductible contribution. We appreciate your understanding.
How do I form a team?
You can form a team while you register online by selecting the option to "Create a Team" - you will become the Team Captain and will be asked to enter the Team Name. Those who wish to join your team can then register by selecting the option to "Join a Team."
Is there a limit on team size?
No - sign up as many teammates as you can!
How do I join a team?
To join an existing team, select the "Join a Team" option, and select the Team name from the drop-down menu. Once you find the team you wish to join, select it, click "Next Step", and proceed with registration.
Does each member of a team need to raise the $100 minimum?
Yes. Each team member is responsible for meeting his or her own $100 minimum fundraising requirement in addition to the $40 registration fee. All donations must be credited to an individual participant.
I am a Team Captain - can I enroll all members of my team at one time?
Unfortunately, group registration is not an option at this time. We ask that you register multiple participants as separate transactions. We appreciate the effort that goes into registering teams, and thank you for your patience!
Can I pay for my whole team by company check?
Yes, a team can submit one check from its company for every team member's registration fee. A company can choose to cover the minimum fundraising requirement for each team member as well, or hold each team member responsible for meeting the $100 minimum. The company will be invoiced for any minimum fundraising requirements that are not met by September 5th, 2018.
How do we register our company team if paying by check?
We will provide the Team Captain with a code that he or she will need to provide to each team member, who will then enter it when registering online. Credit card information will not be required. Please note that codes cannot be issued until payment is received, so you will need to confirm the number of team members in advance. We appreciate the extra effort and planning this requires. Please contact Houston@tunnel2towers.org if you plan to pay by company check.
Is there a fundraising minimum?
Yes. In order to ensure the fundraising success of this event, there is a minimum fundraising requirement of $100 for each participant. We encourage everyone to raise funds beyond the $100 requirement as the proceeds raised from this event will the Foundation’s programs honoring first responders and our nation’s catastrophically wounded service members. We know you can do it!
Can I still fundraise beyond the deadline for the minimum fundraising requirement?
YES! The $100 fundraising minimum must be met by September 5th, 2018, but we encourage everyone to raise additional funds through June.
What if I raise more than $100?
Awesome! We encourage you to aim high and support our mission and as our way of saying thanks when you raise $150 or more you can earn T2T incentive prizes. Check back for more details!
The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. To learn more about the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and our programs, including our Building for America’s Bravest and Legacy of Love programs, please visit www.tunnel2towers.org
The Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation welcomes the opportunity to develop local partnerships. Make an impact in the lives of our first responders and military heroes and reap the benefits of being a Tunnel To Towers Run & Walk partner!
Email Houston@tunnel2towers.org to find out how your company can make an impact!