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Thomas Dold Wins Seventh Straight Empire State Building Climb

Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- 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

To contact the reporters on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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