About 20 people raced against the rain Wednesday evening as they embarked on a climb up and down Monument Terrace to honor the September 11 attacks in 2001. Grit Performance and Coaching of Forest hosted the event, challenging participants to climb an equivalent of 110 floors, or up and down Monument Terrace 16 times. Participants began at the bottom of the terrace on Church Street.

"It's the least we can do," Jennifer Hawkins, trainer at Grit Performance and Coaching, said. Hawkins brought her daughter, Ellie Canada, 8, with her, in hopes of explaining to her what the climb represents.

Roy Langdon, an organizer of the event, shared how his brother-in-law was nine blocks from ground zero when the twin towers were hit. "He went outside and saw the clouds of dust coming down West Broadway," Langdon said. 

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