Climbing for those who fell on 9/11

911 stair climb
Special to The Sun
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

Donna Crawford is in training.

Once or twice a week she travels down 30A to One Seagrove Place, the tallest building in South Walton, and climbs the stairs in the 21-story building, then takes the stairs back down. Last week she did it twice, she says proudly.

Crawford is training for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, which will be Sept. 7 in Panama City Beach.

The Memorial Stair Climb is held in memory of and to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event consists climbing 110 flights of stairs in a 22-story building; three times up and two times down or climb up five times to duplicate the 110 stories of the World Trade Center Towers that emergency responders had to climb that fateful day.

Crawford participated in the climb two years ago without training, but has been training for it this time.

"I took a lot of breaks last time and it was slow, but I did it," she says proudly. "Three times up and two times down. It took me hours my first time, but I did it."

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