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WHY WE CLIMB

Each year, approximately 100 Firefighters die while serving their communities. Many more die from cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, stroke, and other injuries and illnesses suffered as a result of their service. We can work together to honor these sacrifices and care for the Firefighters who assume these risks and the families who share them.

Join this living memorial on September 5th through September 11th at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for the 19th anniversary commemoration of 9/11/01. Firefighters, Police Officers, Military Personnel, and Civilians will join together in a spirit of remembrance and courage to honor the memories of those lost 19 years ago. Teams and individuals will climb 110 flights of stairs, the same number as in the twin towers, wearing the name of a fallen Emergency Responder whose life was lost on that day. We climb in memory, and to honor each of the fallen 343 FDNY, 23 NYPD, and 37 Port Authority heroes, and to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by Firefighters everywhere.

2020 SD911MSC FAQs

Why is SD911MSC Virtual this year? - This year, our event will be virtual in accordance with CDC, State of California, and San Diego County COVID-19 guidelines for large scale events. This is how we are "allowed" to produce this event, not how we "want" to produce this event. Our event is not cancelled, it's just different than what you have been used to for the past 9 years. Change is okay. Honoring the lives lost on 9/11/01 and raising awareness and support of FirefighterAid and our work is more important now than it has ever been! That is all there is to it. Next year, we plan on climbing those sweaty stairs together, cheering each other on and being united as one in person.

Do we still need to fundraise? - Yes. The SD911MSC has been and always will be the annual fundraising event for FirefighterAid which is a nonprofit. Fundraising is highly encouraged and greatly appreciated. Every year, we ask that each participant fundraises at least $110 - $1 for every flight of stairs they climb.

Do I still get to choose the name of a fallen hero to climb in honor of? - Yes. This is one of the most important details of our event is to finish the climb that all those heroes began on 9/11/01 and were never able to finish. We ask that you do your virtual climb wearing their name and, in their honor, so that we all will NEVER FORGET.

Will there still be Honor Teams this year? - Absolutely! Our top fundraising teams make the biggest impact on our goal and raises the bar for FirefighterAid's programs and services.

How do I know if I am climbing 110 flights of commercial stairs? - We've done the math for you. 110 flights of commercial stairs works out like this, 20 steps is equal to 1 commercial story. So, if you climb, hike, run, bike or walk the equivalent of 2,200 steps you've made it.

Will I get my t-shirt and lanyard before I climb? - Yes. When you register you will select your ticket type, you have the option to PICK UP MY PACKET or to SHIP ME MY PACKET. If you choose "PICK UP MY PACKET," our climb crew will reach out to you by email to coordinate your packet pickup at one of our locations across San Diego County. This will take place the week before the SD911MSC. If you choose "SHIP ME MY PACKET," we will mail you your packet a week before SD911MSC, so you have it when you're ready to climb. We will not be able to accommodate changes between shipping and self-pickup, so please choose your ticket accordingly when registering.

Will there still be an opening ceremony? - Yes. On 9/11/01, we promised to NEVER FORGET. We're working on creating a virtual opening ceremony to keep the integrity and spirit of the SD911MSC and to honor the memory of the fallen 403 heroes. We can't all be together while we climb this year, but we can be together in the way we keep up the tradition of our event. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to stay up to date on more details coming soon.

What about the Beer Garden? - We're doing our best to deliver you a beer & cheers component of our event this year. As soon as we have it sorted out, we will share the details with you.

Is this donation tax deductible? Just like in previous years, your registration fees are not tax-deductible. The fees go towards the event production. All donations are tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law as FirefighterAid is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your donation email donation receipt as your official record. We'll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Where does the money go? Funds raised benefit FirefighterAid, San Diego based 501(c)(3) that provides charitable assistance to Firefighters and families in crisis and promotes awareness of Firefighter health and safety issues and the impacts they have on their families and communities.

About The SD911MSC

The only event of its kind in the region, the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a unique and powerful experience shared by thousands of patriots every year. Annually, hundreds of Firefighters, Public Safety Officers, civilians, and family members gather at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront to honor the memories of the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and to create an experience none of us will ever forget.


Choosing A Hero To Climb In Honor Of

Each climber selects one of the 403 first responders (343 FDNY, 47 PAPD, 23 NYPD) who died on 9/11 to climb in honor of. For all 403 heroes we use their professional New York safety agency head shot to display on the climber badges. If you wish to use a different photo for your hero we suggest you print it out on your own and bring it with you the day of the climb. You can easily slide your picture into the lanyard and display it. We do not grant requests to change hero's head shots. We appreciate your understanding.


2020 REGISTRATION

PRICE INCREASES AND DATES
Early Bird Registration
Monday, June 22 - Tuesday, June 30th
$60.00 SHIP ME MY PACKET Early Bird Virtual Adult ($10 included for shipping)
$50.00 SHIP ME MY PACKET Early Bird Virtual Public Safety ($10 included for shipping)
$40.00 SHIP ME MY PACKET Early Bird Virtual Kids (age 5-13) ($10 included for shipping)
$50.00 – PICK UP MY PACKET– Early Bird Virtual Adult
$40.00 – PICK UP MY PACKET – Early Bird Virtual Public Safety
$30.00 – PICK UP MY PACKET - Early Bird Virtual Kid (age 5-13)
Regular Registration
Wednesday, July 1st - Friday, August 21st
$70.00 - SHIP ME MY PACKET – Virtual Adult ($10 included for shipping)
$60.00 - SHIP ME MY PACKET – Virtual Public Safety ($10 included for shipping)
$50.00 - SHIP ME MY PACKET – Virtual Kid ($10 included for shipping)
$60.00 - PICK UP MY PACKET – Virtual Adult
$50.00 - PICK UP MY PACKET – Virtual Public Safety
$40.00 - PICK UP MY PACKET – Virtual Kid

With all the above registrations, there is a suggested fundraising goal of $110.

Priority start times are given to top fundraisers, not climbers who sign up during early bird Registration, or “first come first served” basis! If you want to ensure you absolutely get your desired start time, you’ve got to work for it. $110 is a great place to start!

Parking at the Hilton Bayfront is $11 self-parking and $16 for valet. San Diego Convention Center for $15 per day. Additional parking information please visit parkopedia.com. You can also take the Trolley the Imperial Transit Center and walk the Hilton.


EVENT SCHEDULE

8:00am Live Streaming Opening Ceremony Begins at 8:00am
8:46 am Honor Team #1 begins to climb
9:03 am Honor Team #2 begins to climb
9:37 am Honor Team #3 begins to climb
9:58 am Honor Team #4 begins to climb
10:03 am Honor Team #5 begins to climb
10:28 am Honor Team #6 begins to climb

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2020 Video

Official 2020 SD911MSC Video:


2019 Video

Official 2019 SD911MSC Video:

2019 SD911MSC - Scotland the Brave - Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Band

2019 SD911MSC - Color Guard - Chula Vista

2019 SD911MSC - Chaplain Invocation - Mickey Stonier

2019 SD911MSC - Keynote Speaker - James Dowdell

2019 SD911MSC - Ringing of the Bell

2019 SD911MSC - Closing Remarks - FirefighterAid

2019 SD911MSC - Honor Team 1 - Carl’s Climbers

2019 SD911MSC - Honor Team 3 - Red Hot Chili Steppers

2019 SD911MSC - Honor Team 5 - Rancho Santa Fe Local 4349

2019 SD911MSC - Band - Fluid Foundation

2019 SD911MSC - Singer - Sheila Sondergard

2019 SD911MSC - CPAT Challenge Presented by GovX

2019 SD911MSC - Singers - Retro Rockabillies

2019 SD911MSC - Fitness Challenge - Assault Air Bike


2018 Video

Official 2018 SD911MSC Video:

2018 SD911MSC Welcome Address

2018 SD911MSC Introduction - Chief Stowell

2018 SD911MSC Color Guard and Pipes and Drums - San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

2018 SD911MSC National Anthem - San Diego Police Officer, Akilah Coston

2018 SD911MSC Keynote Address - Dr. Ken Druck

2018 SD911MSC Epilogue - Captain Jared Cheselske

2018 SD911MSC Chaplain Invocation - Mickey Stonier

2018 SD911MSC Last Alarm

2018 SD911MSC Amazing Grace - San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

2018 SD911MSC Ceremonial Bell Ringing - Arnell Garcia

2018 SD911MSC Honor Team 1: Carl's Climbers

2018 SD911MSC America the Beautiful - Ryan Hiller

2018 SD911MSC Honor Team 2: Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters Local 4349

2018 SD911MSC Honor Team 3: Ignosci Posse

2018 SD911MSC Honorable Mention: Team Vasquez

2018 SD911MSC Honor Team 4: Butters the Fire Dog's Hommies!


2017 Video

Official 2017 SD911MSC Video

2017 FOX5 30 Sec Promo

Fox5 Registration and Award Video

2017 SD911MSC - Chaplain Mickey Stonier

2017 SD911MSC - Last Alarm Bell Ringing, Jim Kline

2017 SD911MSC - Pipes & Drums, Amazing Grace

2017 SD911MSC - God Bless America, Jessica Lerner

2017 SD911MSC - Last Alarm Bell Ringing, Thank You

2017 SD911MSC - Honor Team 1: Carl's Climbers

2017 SD911MSC - Honor Team 2: Preferred Climbers

2017 SD911MSC - Honor Team 3: Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters Local 4349

2017 SD911MSC - Volunteer Fundraisers, Team Vasquez

2017 SD911MSC - Honor Team 4: Ignosci Posse

2017 SD911MSC - Honor Team 5: Team Eagles - Jeff Gray, DDS

2017 SD911MSC - Honor Team 6: 81 Get It Done


2017 Published Articles

Thousands honor 9/11 victims and their families during memorial stair climb

Hundreds take part in 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

9/11 Healer to Memorial Climbers: ‘It’s OK (and Brave) to be Afraid’

Stair climbing: a way to honor FDNY firefighters fallen during 9/11

San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb honors lives


2016 Video

Official 2016 SD911MSC Video


2016 Published Articles

Thousands honor 9/11 victims and their families during memorial stair climb

Hundreds take part in 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

9/11 Healer to Memorial Climbers: ‘It’s OK (and Brave) to be Afraid’

Stair climbing: a way to honor FDNY firefighters fallen during 9/11

San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb honors lives


2015 Video

Official 2015 SD911MSC Video


2015 Published Articles

San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Sets Record - by Bob Graham, Firehouse.com

San Diego Firefighter 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb will honor those lost in 2001 attacks - KUSI

Stair climb will honor 9/11 emergency responders Saturday - Fox 5

110-story stair climb honors 9/11 first responders - Fox 5

San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb honors victims - CBS Channel 8

Climbing stairs to honor, help, 9/11 responders - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Stair climb event held to honor firefighters, police and other emergency personnel killed on 9/11 - 10 News

9-11 MEMORIAL STAIR CLIMB TO HONOR RESPONDERS BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORDS - San Diego 6 CW

San Diego Firefighters, Others Climb Stairs to Honor First Responders Killed on 9/11

YPG firefighters climb stairs to honor their fallen brethren


2014 News Coverage of the Event

KUSI News

10 News

CBS 8


2014 Published Articles

Bob Graham Article, First Responder Broadcast Network

BreitBart.com

Ken Stone Youtube

Times Of San Diego

Shadow Works Website writeup


2014 Videos

Official 2014 SD911MSC Video

Frog X Sky Divers Drop In On The Climb

KSON Morning Show, John & Tammy climb 7 flights of stairs


2012 Videos

Official 2012 SD911MSC Video


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