Stair Challenge

Participants run the stairs at Peden Stadium in honor of the thousands of people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001

Photographer: DuShuan Headd

Stair Challenge sign

This is the sign that greeted participants of the Sept. 10 9/11 Stair Challenge Memorial at Peden Stadium

Photographer: DuShuan Headd

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Bobcat Battalion hosts third 9/11 Stair Challenge


Ohio University’s Army ROTC Program, also known as the Bobcat Battalion, hosted its third annual 9/11 Stair Challenge and memorial ceremony on Sept. 10 in Peden Stadium.

Cadets were joined by members of the Athens community in running 2,071 steps, which represented the 2,071 steps in one of the New York City World Trade Center’s two towers.

The stair challenge served as a reminder of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in the towers 16 years ago.

Athens native and coordinator of the event, Simeon Robe, said that it’s all about being a good neighbor and supporting your community.

“Its purpose is to memorialize those people who first responded during the 9/11 events and who helped save people,” said Robe, a senior engineering technology management major.

Participating for the first time in the stair challenge were two Athens firefighters who were going eight rounds of seven flights of stairs.

“It pretty much commemorates the 9/11 event and the 343 firefighters that have fallen,” said firefighter Paul Nostrant.

“If all the community and the military guys can do it, we can do it,” added fellow firefighter Matthew Shin.

Although conditioned, the firefighters admitted that going up all the stairs while in uniform was a bit more tiring than expected. For Robe, however, it epitomized what the event is all about.

“When people are loading down all that weight that they are carrying up those stairs, personally, it reminds me to give my very best in whatever I do in life,” Robe said. “Go that extra mile, care for people.”