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