Ever thought walking up the stairs was hard work!

Here’s an event that might put that in perspective!

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