Empire State Run-Up: Race Up 86 Stairs

Competitors climbing to the top

Competitors climbing to the top

The Empire State building is one of the most iconic man-made structures in the world costing almost $41,000,000 to build back in 1931, and it has once again taken centre stage in a race up its flights of stairs. The distance the race was run was a small 1250-feet which doesn’t sound like much, but when the race is completely vertical it changes the challenge completely.

Climbing 1,576 stairs

The Empire State Building Run-Up involves competitors thanklessly climbing 1,576 stairs in the quickest time possible. Anybody that has run-up stairs out of necessity will understand the pain that will be felt by the competitors, with experienced racers stating that it is important to take time and set a manageable pace.

The winner of the men’s race was the hugely experienced Thomas Dold from Germany, who managed to climb the stairs as the winner for the seventh successive year. The race itself has been going on for 35-years, and this year it was held during the night for the first time in its history.

The race is expected to have raised approximately $475,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The women’s title was won by New Zealander Melissa Moon who had added to her first win in 2010.

Competitors had to apply to take part in the race, and they had to list their athletic backgrounds. This included stating their best time over 10,000 metres and the marathon. In short, the application  form simply hinted the fact that the race was not for the casual fitness fan. This was a race solely for those who were in peak physical conditions.

Intensive training regimens

The people taking part go through all kinds of intensive training regimens to be able to cope with the pressure of lifting the body over the 86 flights of stairs. One very experienced competitor revealed that he would complete 1,576 steps on a Stairmaster fitness machine each day. This level of dedication is what separates those who climb the stairs and those who will stop some way up the stairs.

Another frequent competitor explained that it was very important to include biometric exercises, this is to make sure the muscles are perfectly honed for the ordeal they will go through. An outsider perspective of the race would be that it would put competitors through some intense pain. But this is all with good intentions, as raising money for charity through such effort will be worth the pain the body goes through on race day and for the many days after.

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