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Empire State Building Run-Up Competition
The first Empire State Building Run-up was held in 1978. According to the New York Road Runners Club, it is the most known and the oldest stair race of its kind. Participants race up 1,576 steps (nearly a quarter-mile) to the Observatory deck on the 86th floor. The race is by invitation only. The New York Runners Club selects a limited number of runners from all applicants. Participants include regular NYC residents as well as a selection of runners from other various popular races. The run-up is considered to be a very challenging event, in many ways even tougher than a marathon since runners have to make it to the top of the stairs.
The race begins in the lobby as a mass start in two waves. Women are given a five minute head start over the men. The altitude difference is 303m.
Some Empire State Building Run-Up Quick Facts:
TowerRunning.com NYRR.org/EmpireStateBuildingRunUp