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Thomas Dold Wins Seventh Straight Empire State Building Climb

German endurance athlete Thomas Dold won his record seventh consecutive race to the top of the Empire State Building tonight, completing the 1,050-foot stair climb up New York’s tallest building in 10 minutes, 28 seconds.

Dold, 27, was the top finisher in the 35th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up, organized by the New York Road Runners. The top women’s competitor, 42-year-old Melissa Moon of New Zealand, finished in 12:39.

Dold and Moon led a field of more than 700 competitors, who ran the 86-floor, 1,576-step course from the building’s lobby to its observation deck. The race, which featured a night-time finish for the first time, expects to raise around $475,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the title sponsor and benefiting charity.

Runners ages 20-78 from 25 countries, including Australia, Japan, Mexico and Turkey, competed in the event, which began with 15 competitors in 1977. The Run-Up was invitation-only until last year, when MMRF began its association with the event.

The course record of 9:33 was set by Paul Crake in 2003, according to the NYRR, which also organizes the New York City Marathon.

-- Editor: Rob Gloster

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