9/11 Memorial Tower Climb


City Center Security & City Center Management are hosting a tower climb in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The event is not a timed race, but a way for first responders and the community to honor and remember the ultimate sacrifice made by the fallen first responders.

City Center Security & City Center Management are hosting a tower climb in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The World Trade Center Towers each consisted of 110 floors and 2071 steps. During the City Center climb, participants this year will climb 36 floors 3 times which is nearly the 110 floors of the World Trade Center. There will be various tributes to memorialize the fallen first responders including a local bugler playing TAPS, A Bugler’s Cry, a dedicated moment of silence recognizing the timeline that unfolded on September 11, 2001, and each of today’s heroes – our local first responders – will carry a name and photo of a hero who responded to the World Trade Centers.

The bells will continue to toll at marked times throughout the event and hold a moment of silence for
the strike of each tower, the pentagon, the crash of flight 93 and collapse of both towers, as time

Timeline of Events:

  • 7:00 am Registration Opens
  • 8:25 am Opening Ceremony
  • 8:46 am Moment of Silence
  • North Tower Hit by Flight 11
  • 8:47 am Climb Begins

Event Address

Bank of America Tower

301 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
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City Center Garage 2

401 Calhoun Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
map of city center memorial tower climb, september 9, 2023 parking

Key Moments

  • 9:03 a.m. Moment of Silence – All Pause
    • South Tower Hit by United Airlines Flight 175
    • Fire Engine #1 sound siren
  • 9:37 a.m. Moment of Silence – All Pause
    • Pentagon hit by American Airlines Flight 77
    • Fire Engine #1 sound siren
  • 9:59 a.m. Moment of Silence – All Pause
    • South Tower Collapses
    • Fire Engine #1 sound siren
  • 10:03 a.m. Moment of Silence – All Pause
    • United Airlines Flight 93 Crashes in Shanksville, PA
    • Fire Engine #1 sound siren
  • 10:28 a.m. Moment of Silence – All Pause
    • North Tower Collapses
    • Fire Engine #1 sound siren
  • Noon The final climbers finish.

Of the 2,977 victims killed in the September 11 attacks, 415 were first responders, including 343 firefighters; 37 Port Authority and New Jersey police officers; 23 New York City police officers; eight private EMTs and paramedics; three New York State Court Officers; one New York Fire Patrol officer and one FBI Special Agent.

Over the course of three hours, 121 engine companies, 62 ladder companies and 27 fire officers were deployed to the scene. All off-duty firefighters were recalled—the first time the FDNY issued a total recall in more than 30 years.


The Tower Climb will take place in two stairwells inside the:

Bank of America Tower
301 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Participants will climb to the 36th floor in this tower 3 times, totaling 108 floors climbed during this event. Elevators will be available for participants to quickly go down and start again at the base to complete the challenge. Also, volunteers will be at the stairway entrance to mark the lanyard to help keep track of the number of times each participant climbs the stairs.

The opening ceremonies begin promptly at 8:25 am so please ensure to allow enough time to park and check in prior to that time. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early.

All participants will receive a swag bag with a commemorative coin, t-shirt, and an event lanyard with the name and image of one of the fallen first responders on September 11, 2001, that you will be climbing in honor of during this event.

Sorry, but we cannot accommodate day-of registrations at this time.

We will have very limited shirt sizes available onsite to exchange. Please talk with the individuals at the check in table to inquire about exchanging shirts, if needed.

Please email us at info@citycenterfw.com should you have received an incorrect item. We will do our best to fix the incorrect item for you, after the event is completed.

The City Center Parking Garage 2 is the best space to park for the event. It is located at:
401 Calhoun Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

An alternate address to access this parking garage is 401 Jones Street (one way street going north). Parking in this garage is free on the weekends.

Participants may check in beginning at 7:00 am on the north side (2nd Street) of the Bank of America tower. You will receive your participant lanyard at check in.

Event swag bags (which include the event t-shirts, coin, etc.) will be available for pickup after the event is completed at the same check in tables. Swag bags will be available afterward to minimize the items the participant has to keep up with. If the participant would like their swag bag when they check in, that will be available upon request.

Yes, on the north side of the tower (near 2nd Street under the skybridge), there will be an area with marked off and staffed to store your items during the climb. Please note there will not be a checking in/checking out process, just an area to place your items and to return to pick them up again.

The opening ceremony begins at 8:25 am on Commerce Street, on the west side of the Bank of America tower. Once it’s time to begin the climb, City Center Security will lead the participants to the stairways.

We will have two stairways open for this event. One on the NORTH side of the tower, and one on the SOUTH side of the tower. When you check in, you’ll receive a color-coded lanyard that will indicate if you’re climbing in the North or South stairway. There will be volunteers to assist you in finding the correct entrance to each stairway, as well as color codes above each stairway entrance. The climb will begin immediately after the opening ceremony.

First, please remember that this is a memorial event and personal challenge, and not a fitness competition. Please be respectful to everyone around you and be aware of your surroundings as you progress. The general rule is that slower climbers stay to the right, and faster climbers stay to the left. Please be respectful of each one and give them plenty of space during their climb.

For fast climbers, please be sure to stay to the left, and be patient if you find that you’re behind someone slower than yourself. You’ll get a chance to pass at the top of each staircase. For slower climbers, stay to the right, and feel free to step out of the aisle and into the stands to let others pass if you wish; or if you want to pass another slow climber, please ensure the way is clear before moving to the left side, making your pass, and then move back to the right.

Anyone who needs a break is welcome to take a seat or lie down in designated break areas. There will be a few stopping/break points throughout the climb. At each stopping point there will be space to rest, get water, use the restroom and/or ask for further assistance.

If you need help, please find one of our volunteers, wearing tower climb t-shirts, or one of the City Center Security Officers, wearing their City Center uniforms. There will be volunteers and City Center Security at each stopping point in the towers.

Children are welcome to watch with their guardians as there will be a designated area for spectators on Commerce Street with a view of the doors the climbers will exit before beginning their climb again in the stairwells.

There will be seating on Commerce Street where non-participants are welcome to sit and watch the event take place.

Comfortable clothing, running shoes/sneakers, or first responders are encouraged to wear their full gear usually worn when responding to an emergency. We will provide water during the event, but please hydrate the day before!

Times will of course range based on fitness level. We estimate it could take anywhere from an hour to 2+ hours to complete.

Absolutely. We love to have participants wearing their full tactical or bunker gear during the event. It serves as a visual reminder of what our fallen Heroes went through that day, and of what our first responders and current Heroes are willing to do for us now.

No refund requests will be granted at this time, as all entries are considered a donation that will be passed along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Brotherhood of the Fallen.

Restrooms will be available for first responders at each stopping point from the street level to level 36. Spectators may use a restroom trailer located on 3rd Street.

We are monitoring the situation and working with our local elected officials to ensure the safest situation for everyone and will implement any required minimum distances and protocols required at the time of the event. The opening ceremony take place outside of the building and bleachers will be available outside for spectators too, but participants will be inside the stairwells where social distancing may be practiced.



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This event is only open to certified law enforcement officers/first responders.

Media Contact:

Carolyn Alvey
Aardvark Communications
972.423.4144 Office
214.394.0078 Cell

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