Saluki Stadium

August 31, 2023

SIU Air Force ROTC to hold stair climb to commemorate 9/11

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Members of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Air Force ROTC detachment will pay tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, with a strenuous workout session on Monday, Sept.11, at Saluki Stadium. This year, organizers are opening the free event to Southern Illinois first responders, veterans and the local community.

The 9/11 Saluki Stair Climb Tribute involves a simulated 110-floor stair climb, representing the 110 floors of the World Trade Center twin towers that were destroyed that day.

Participants should arrive at 5:45 a.m. so that the event can being promptly at 6 a.m. with remarks from Lt. Col. Jessica Dwyer, Air Force ROTC detachment 205 commander.

The workout honors first responders, members of the military and civilians who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The first 100 participants to complete the challenge will receive a free T-shirt. Winston's Bagels and Cold Blooded Coffee will be on site, as well. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Banterra Center. Register at

The event is sponsored by Air Force ROTC, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Saluki Athletics, SIU Veterans Services, University Events and Outreach, and WSIL-TV.