September 11 Memorial Climb

Calling all Ventura area firefighters, police officers, and members of the public.

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 9th to honor the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11, and raise funds for Ventura fire families.

Hosted by the Ventura City Honor Guard and Ventura Fire Foundation, the September 11 Memorial Climb is organized to honor the 343 FDNY firefighters and 60 police officers killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

All funds raised will be used by the Ventura Fire Foundation for programs benefitting Ventura fire families.

New in 2023 –

  • Registration is limited to 100 climbers. We encourage all regional fire and police departments to send a team.

  • You have the option of completing a half climb or a full climb.

  • An electronic lap counter will track your laps and time.

  • Form a team with your department, company, gym, family, or friends and climb together.

  • Each climber who completes at least a half climb will receive a t-shirt.

  • Crowne Plaza has discounted rates for Climbers who want to stay at the hotel. Details on how to book a room are provided in your registration confirmation email.

  • Recovery suite staffed by The Vent and Sports Academy.


Who: Firefighters, police officers, and everyone who wants to honor the fallen 9/11 firefighters. Climb is limited to 100 climbers. Supporters are welcome to attend and cheer them on. All Climbers must be at least 8 years old. Children between 8 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult on the Climb, and register by emailing [email protected].

What: Climbers who attempt a full Climb will complete 11 “laps” up and down 12 flights of stairs. Climbers who attempt a half climb will complete 6 laps.

When: Saturday, September 9, 2023 Arrive at 8:00 am for check-in. Climb starts at 9:00 am.

Where: Crowne Plaza Ventura 450 E. Harbor Blvd Ventura, CA 93001

Cost: $91.10 per Climber. 100% of the proceeds are used to support the Foundation’s programs for local firefighters and their families.


  • All Climbers MUST sign/acknowledge two liability waivers – one for the City of Ventura and one for the Ventura Fire Foundation at registration.

  • Climbers will have a staggered start to minimize congestion.

  • The Crowne Plaza is offering free parking; tell attendent you are with the Climb.

  • Lunch for Climbers will be provided by Crowne Plaza.

  • The Crowne Plaza is also offering discounted room rates if you want to stay the night before or after. Email us at [email protected] for details.

  • Climbers should check-in outside on the Promenade ocean side, (across from Aloha Steakhouse).

  • Approximate time to complete the Climb is 75 minutes.

  • Family are welcome to join us on the 12th Floor to cheer on the Climbers.

  • We need 10-12 volunteers to help with check-in, supplying water, etc. If you can help, please click the Volunteer button.

  • Firefighters who Climb are encouraged to wear full structure PPE with SCBA; gear only, not on air. A limited number of Air-Paks for use by fireifghters will be provided by 3M and available in the first floor conference room…you must bring your ID.

  • Water will be provided. We encourage Climbers to bring their own drinks and energy supplements/food.