37th Empire State Building Run-Up Set for Wednesday, February 5

New York Road Runners
January 14, 2014

Participants to climb 1,576 steps and 86 floors of the world’s most famous office building in a race to the top of New York City


NEW YORK — New York Road Runners and Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) will host the 37th edition Empire State Building Run-Up on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, challenging participants to race up 1,576 steps and 86 floors of the world’s most famous office building, it was announced by New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary Wittenberg.


“The Empire State Building Run-Up is one of the most unique tests of both mind and body,” said Wittenberg.  “Each step, each floor, brings a heightened sense of excitement and exhaustion as racers take on the ultimate urban hike to the top of one of New York City’s finest landmarks. We welcome the participants from around the world who will soon take on one of NYRR’s most thrilling events.”


The Empire State Building Run-Up was the brainchild of the late, legendary NYRR president Fred Lebow, and it may have been the first of its kind. The inaugural Empire State Building Run-Up was held in 1978 and won by Gary Muhrcke—the former firefighter who was renowned for winning the first New York City Marathon in 1970. While visitors can reach the building’s Observatory via elevator in under a minute, the fastest runners cover the 86 floors in about 10 minutes.


The event consists of racers of all abilities, including the leaders in the sport of professional tower running who will converge at the Empire State Building to take part in the Men’s and Women’s Invitationals, challenging both body and mind in what some may consider the ultimate test of endurance. An additional heat is the Broker’s Challenge, which gives select New York City real estate brokers the unique chance to view the iconic landmark from a different perspective.  A limited number of entries are still available by running for two important charitable causes: NYRR’s Team for Kids or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. More information can be found on the event webpage located here


In its fourth year as the official charity partner, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), a leading cancer research foundation that builds innovative collaborative models to extend lives and accelerates finding cures for cancer, will put together a team of 200 stair climbers projected to raise $800,000 towards research of this disease.


For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.esbnyc.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, www.youtube.com/esbnyc or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.

Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, youth initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to run for life. NYRR’s premier event, the TCS New York City Marathon, features 50,000 participants, from the world’s elite athletes to a wide range of recreational and charity runners, and is part of the World Marathon Majors, an alliance of the world’s six biggest marathons that determines each year’s top male and top female marathoner. To learn more, visit www.nyrr.org.


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