T2T Registration Still Open - Lots Planned
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:51:37 EDT
As organizers are wrapping up the final details of Saturday's Second Annual Tunnel to Towers 5k event in Alpena, they are reminding everyone that registration is still open online at T2TRun.org.

For those who would rather sign up in person, early registration is taking place at the Alpena Band Shell Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Event t-shirts are available on a first come first serve basis. Registration will also take place before the run/walk Saturday morning from 8 o'clock until the time of the 5k at 10 o'clock.

Before the 5k begins, the Alpena Honor Guard will present the flag, there will also be a bagpiper, soloist, and prayer and various speakers. An Alpena City Fire truck will be on the grounds displaying an American flag.

During and after the 5k, there will be something for everyone including a petting zoo, face painting, silent auction, Chinese raffle, 50/50, an inflatable obstacle course. Food and refreshments will be available, and numerous vendors will be present as well as the Alpena Lions Club who will be signing people up to be organ donors.

The Alpena Exchange Club will distributing flags to participants and the Alpena Rotary Club will be providing refreshments and snacks by Rotary Island for participants.

Agent Orange Riders will present among the 343 Memorial which is series of signs with pictures of the 343 New York Firefighters who were killed on 9/11. Behind NOAA another memorial honors the law enforcement personnel who perished on 9/11.

The event wraps up with a free concert by Gunner and the Grizzly Boys from 11:30 to 1:00 sponsored by Allegra Marketing Print Mail and Thrivent Financial in Alpena.

And again this year, Sergeant Ben Eberle, his wife Ashley and their two children will be the grand marshals for the event leading the runners and walkers, many of whom will be firefighters, law enforcement and military personnel dressed in turn out gear and uniforms.

Eberle who lives in Alpena is the recipient of the first smart home in Michigan built by the T2T Foundation. He lost both leg below the knee and his right hand to an IED in Afghanistan after 9/11.

Money raised from Saturday's event will be used to build more smart homes.


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