Nicholas DiCaprio participated in the annual benefit for Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Miller Place High School freshman Nicholas DiCaprio finished eighth out of 3,503 runners in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K on September 24th. Nicholas completed the race with a time of 19:51:3 and was the only Long Island runner to place in the top 10.
“We are so proud of Nicholas for this incredible accomplishment. He is a powerful runner and an earnest student who competed with pride for such a humbling cause,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie.” In speaking with News12 about competing in the event, Nicholas noted that it was more than simply another 5K race, but a way to honor the over 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001. “It was definitely special to me. I envisioned the towers there and thought about it a lot [during the race].”
Nicholas is a standout on the track at Miller Place High School, where he is only one of two freshmen on the Varsity Cross Country Track Team. His goal is to continue competing in 5Ks and possibly train for a full marathon in the future.
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk symbolizes the late firefighter and 9/11 hero Stephen Siller’s final footsteps from the Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. It takes place the last Sunday of every September in New York City. The event began with 1,500 people in 2002 and has since become one of the most prominent 5Ks in the country. All proceeds go toward the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which is committed to fighting veteran homelessness, provides mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children, and builds accessible homes for injured veterans and first responders.
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