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Suzy Walsham Of Australia Wins Empire State Building Run-Up For 5th Time

Thorbjorn Ludvigsen Of Norway Wins Among Men
The Empire State Building as seen from 5th Avenue - April 30, 2013 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

The Empire State Building as seen from 5th Avenue – April 30, 2013 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Suzy Walsham of Australia made the record books Wednesday, as she won among the women competitors in the annual Empire State Building Run-up for a fifth time.

Walsham climbed 86 flights of stairs Wednesday night in 11 minutes, 57 seconds.

Thorbjorn Ludvigsen, of Norway, won the men’s race in 10 minutes and 6 seconds.

Runners from around the world took part in the vertical dash up a total of 1,576 steps, starting at the lobby and finishing on the 86th floor. Five hundred people were registered to take part.

The event was put on by the New York Road Runners, which also puts on the annual New York City Marathon.

The Empire State Building race is among the more high-profile tower climbs in the world.

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