9/11 STAIR CLIMB & 5K WALK/RUN
The goal of the Nozzlemen M/C legacy is to give back to the community and the fire service through donation and representation.
As we remember America’s fallen fire heroes, all proceeds go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives, and work within the Fire Service Community to reduce firefighter deaths.
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb events are a tribute to the 343 firefighters who gave their lives during the tragic events at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Members of the community are invited to climb the equivalent of 110 stories - the height of the fallen World Trade Center towers - on the steps of Williams County Fairgrounds' Grandstand. At the equivalent of the 78th floor of the World Trade Center towers, which is the highest floor firefighters reached on 9/11, each climber immerses themselves and sees/feels just a small part of what the 343 did, on that fateful day.
Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in an effort to honor America’s fallen fighters. Since 1992, the non-profit foundation has developed and expanded programs to support that effort. The organization’s mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives, and work within the Fire Service Community to reduce firefighter deaths.
2021 EVENT SPONSORS
MONTPELIER AREA FOUNDATION
WEST UNITY - STORES #40441 & #40442
WILLIAMS COUNTY EMS
MONTPELIER - POST #944
MONTPELIER - POST #109
SEPTEMBER, 2022: TBD
REGISTRATION @ TBD
FLAG CEREMONY @ TBD
WILLIAMS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
619 EAST MAIN STREET
MONTPELIER, OH 43543
$20 | ADULTS
$15 | 12 TO 17 YEARS
FREE | 11 AND UNDER
*FAIR ADMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY AND IS NOT COVERED VIA THE EVENT REGISTRATION
& EVENT SHIRTS ARE IN LIMITED SUPPLY - FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE
MINI STAIR CLIMB
6 LAPS (1/2 MILE TRACK)
Is this a race? What is the goal?
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.
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.
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.
Where are the 'events' taking place?
Both 'events', the stairclimbs and the 5k walk/run, are at the Williams County Fair Grandstands. The Grandstands have a dirt track in front where the 5k will take place. So please plan accordingly if you are running in the 5k. This is not a normal paved or sealed track.
Keep in mind, both events will be in close proximity with each other so they are both equally important and will be put on as one large event.
Who can participate? Are children welcome?
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 and the safety of the children within (strollers/joggers on stairs are hard anyway). We encourage the use of child carriers (back-packs or infant slings). Keep in mind that strollers/joggers may be difficult to use on the fairgrounds dirt track.
Children under the age of 12 need to be supervised by an adult and should remain in close proximity to their guardian. The large stair climb is NOT recommended for younger children.
What if I want to participate in more than one event?
If you are interested in participating in more than one event, such as both the stairclimb AND the 5k, it is our pleasure to let you participate in the second event for free. Just mention that you want to attend two events and we will accommodate you with your 'lap cards' and registration cost.
Keep in mind, that you will still only receive one event shirt with only one event registration; unless you want to cover the cost of both events.
What time does the event start? What should I bring?
In-person registration begins at TBD at the grandstand/track. The official stairclimb and 5k walk/run will start at TBD.. Throughout the event, at important times, a bell will be rung and an announcement will be made about the corresponding event that happened at that time.
Bring a comfortable and supportive pair of shoes. The necessary clothing for a typical Ohio September day (temps from 75-90, winds, rain, heat, etc.). Sunblock. Water (hydration is key). Your friends. And a camera.
Firefighters and other first responders have the option to wear their turnout gear or other type of service uniform when attending and participating in the event.
Who attends the event?
Firefighters from across the state and even the country are encouraged to attend the event. Families of those lost on 9/11 (both first responders and citizens) can attend. Law enforcement, military, and search and rescue personnel will be welcomed. Unlike other fundraisers, this event provides an opportunity for the public to join local first responders and military members to raise awareness together as a community.
Registration will begin at TBD on the grandstands platform.
ALL PARTICIPANTS, will be required to fill out a non-liability form and will be asked which event(s) they will be participating in. Once the form is filled out and the event is selected, all parties will receive a "Lap Card" to keep with them during the duration of the event. Please show this card to the corresponding tables to get a stamp after each lap is completed. This lap card is an easy way to keep track of your progress throughout the climb or Walk/Run.
Does my event payment cover entry into the fair?
No. All participants are required to pay the initial entry fee into the fairgrounds to attend our event. This event is in correlation with the fair and is under the fairs policies & procedures.