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Cahokia Mounds climb will honor 9/11 World Trade Center responders

A fitness center will hold its fourth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at 5 p.m. Friday at Cahokia Mounds to honor the first responders who climbed the stairs of the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

Participants can choose to wear a weighted vest or backpack as they complete as many laps up and down Monks Mound at Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramney Street, as they choose. Mary Ann Brown, owner of Brevity Fitness in Caseyville, which is coordinating the event, said participating firefighters and police officer have climbed in full gear in the past, and some mothers have climbed carrying their babies as added weight.

Brown said those who complete nine laps will have climbed the equivalent of the 110 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center. Six laps, she said, is the equivalent of the amount of stairs first responders made it to before the collapse of the South Tower.

Just five laps is the equivalent of the amount of stairs first responders made it to before the collapse of the North Tower.

Participants will choose the name of a first responder who died at the World Trade Center during 9/11 to represent on their climbs.

Anyone who would like to participate can sign up on the day of the event, which is free and open to the public.

At a glance

What: Brevity Fitness fourth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

When: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11

Where: Monks Mound at Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramney Street, Collinsville

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