What does it feel like to do the Empire State Building Run-Up?

Posted: January 3, 2020 in News
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Every year, thousands of people around the world throw their name into the hat to try and win one of the coveted spots at the longest-running stair climb event in the world, the Empire State Building Run-Up. But what can the lucky few who are selected expect on race day?

In the archive news footage from 1979 posted below, the founder of the ESBRU, Fred Lebow, describes what it feels like to run up the stairs of the Empire State Building.

‘It’s difficult, dry, kind of a lonely feeling.’

The video also shows the mass start of the 1979 event, where the men and women all set off at the same time. The winner of that race, Jim Rafferty, can be seen crossing the finish line, too.

You can find out more about Fred Lebow and the creation of the ESBRU, plus read all about the unique events leading up to Jim Rafferty’s win in 1979, in the first installment of our history of the Empire State Building Run-Up series.

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  1. theraptor26@aol.com says:

       Wow, what a great video! I can’t believe I’ve never seen that before! Thank you so much for sharing!✌️

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