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New York - Australian Woman Wins 5th Empire State Run-Up

Published on: February 5, 2014 11:00 PM
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A competitor makes her way up during the Empire State Building Run-Up Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)A competitor makes her way up during the Empire State Building Run-Up Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

New York - It was up, up, and into the record books for Suzy Walsham at the annual Empire State Building Run-up, as she won the women’s event for a fifth time.

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The Australian climbed 86 flights of stairs Wednesday night in 11 minutes, 57 seconds.

Thorbjorn Ludvigsen, of Norway, won the men’s race in 10 minutes and 6 seconds.

Runners from around the world took part in the vertical dash up a total of 1,576 steps, starting at the lobby and finishing on the 86th floor. Five hundred people were registered to take part.

The event was put on by the New York Road Runners, which also puts on the annual New York City Marathon.

The Empire State Building race is among the more high-profile tower climbs in the world.


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 Feb 06, 2014 at 08:50 AM shimonyehuda Says:

it would be alot easier to get to the 86th floor with the elevator

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 Feb 06, 2014 at 09:22 AM Geb_ah_shmeichel Says:

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shimonyehuda Says:

it would be alot easier to get to the 86th floor with the elevator

Yea, but this is a race. A elevator would not be a challenge.

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 Feb 06, 2014 at 10:27 AM Empire State Elevator Says:

In 1967, during my lunch break at work, I was the only passenger on the elevator at the Empire State Building, from the lobby to the 86th floor observatory. I clocked the elevator, and it took exactly 55 seconds to reach the 86th floor! There are very few elevators which are that quick. Also, in those days, there was no security screening required. How times have changed!

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