Posts Tagged ‘1979’

Registration for the 2020 Empire State Building Run-Up lottery opens next Tuesday (Jan. 7). Thousands of people around the world will be throwing their name into the hat to try and win one of the coveted spots at the longest-running stair climb event in the world. But what can the lucky few who will be 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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