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200 Runners Compete in 30th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up


Thomas Dold of Germany and Australian Suzy Walsham have climbed their way to a unique running title in New York City. They were the first to run up the stairs of the Empire State Building on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Dold won the race up 86 floors of the famed skyscraper for the second consecutive year. He finished in 10:25. Fellow German Jahn Mattias placed second, 31 seconds behind (10:56).

Among the women, the 33-year-old Walsham won in 13:12. She was 12 seconds faster than 38-year-old American Cindy Moll-Harris.

Also reaching the top was 77-year-old American Al Puma. Despite four knee surgeries, the oldest competitor speed-walked the 1,576 steps in 27:16. Two hundred runners from around the world competed in the 30th annual Empire State Building Run-Up.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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