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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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The Empire State Building Run Up is the longest continuously running stair climb event in the world, and in 2020 it returns for its 43rd edition.

High on the wish list for probably every stair climber out there, the ESBRU is frustratingly difficult to get into, with some climbers applying year-on-year and failing to get a spot.

Read on to find out what we know so far about the 2020 edition.

When is the Empire State Building Run Up (ESBRU) 2020?

The 43rd edition of the Empire State Building Run-Up will take place on Tuesday 12th May 2020.

Like the similarly iconic Eiffel Tower Stair Climb, the event is run at night, with competitors setting off from 8pm, to as late as 10pm in previous editions.

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How to enter the Empire State Building Run Up (ESBRU)?

Entry to the ESBRU is through an open lottery system. Entry fee, which is taken if you are selected in the lottery, is $125.

There are also charity slots available each year, but the minimum fundraising requirement for these is pretty steep ($2,000+), so you might have to get friends and family to dig deep if you go down that route.

The number of available places has dropped a fair amount recently, so it will be interesting to see how many spots are made available for the 2020 edition.

Empire State Building Run Up 2020 lottery registration

Registration for entry into ESBRU 2020 will open on Tuesday, 7 January, and will close on Sunday, 9 February.

Those selected in the lottery will be notified by email on Tuesday, 25 February.

Click here to go to the ESBRU 2020 registration page.

What is the Empire State Building Run Up?

The Empire State Building is the historical home of tower running in the USA. The event was created by Fred Lebow in 1978, who also organised the first New York City marathon back in 1970. Learn all about the background to the event by readingĀ the first installment in our series on the history of the Empire State Building Run-Up.

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The race involves a climb up 1,576 steps (86 floors) to the viewing deck at the top of the building, usually ending outside when the weather permits.

Having been run by the New York Road Runners (NYRR) for years, the ESBRU is now organised by NYC Runs.

The winners list for the ESBRU reads as a who’s who of tower running greats. From Terry Purcell, Cindy Harris and Thomas Dold to Darren Wilson, Christian Riedl, Piotr Lobodzinski and the incredible course record holder Paul Crake, the ESBRU podium has been topped by most of the best athletes to ever climb the stairs to the top of a tower.

Ten-time winner Suzy Walsham is in a league of her own at the venue, although it’s Austria’s Andrea Mayr who holds the women’s course record of 11:23, which she set back in 2006.

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Suzy Walsham made it a record ten ESBRU wins when she took victory in 2019

Empire State Building Run Up Records

Fastest times

Paul Crake (AUS) – 9:33 (2003)

Andrea Mayr (AUT) – 11:23 (2006)

Most wins

Suzy Walsham (AUS) – 10

Thomas Dold (GER) – 7