New York – Australian Wins Race Up Empire State Building In 12 Minutes

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    A runner taking part in the 38th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up is pictured arriving on the 86th floor in the Manhattan borough of New York February 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Carlo AllegriNew York – An Australian woman has won the annual race up the Empire State Building’s stairs for the sixth time, a record for the women’s event.

    Suzy Walsham raced up 86 flights of stairs Wednesday night in 12 minutes and 30 seconds.

    The men’s race was won by German runner Christian Riedel. The first-time winner came in at 10 minutes and 16 seconds.

    Hundreds of people signed up for the climb up 1,576 steps to the 86th-floor observatory at the New York City landmark. The participants were from around the world and included some top athletes.

    The event is put on by the New York Road Runners, which also stages the New York City Marathon. It’s among the most high-profile tower climbs in the world.

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