For the past 38 years, the Empire State Building Run-Up (ESBRU) — the world’s oldest and most famous tower race – has been challenging runners from around the globe to race up its famed 86 flights (1576 stairs).
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.
1,576 - Steps climbed in the race
1,050 - Distance climbed in the race (approximately one-fifth of a mile vertically)
9:33 - Men’s course record, set by Paul Crake of Australia in 2003
11:23 - Women’s course record, set by Andrea Mayr of Austria in 2006
7 - Most race victories in Men’s Invitationals, held by Thomas Dold of Germany (2006–11)
5 - Most race victories in Women’s Invitationals, held by Suzy Walsham of Australia (2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014)
03/02/16 - Date of 2016 ESBRU