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The Empire State Building Run-Up is the longest continuously running stair climb event in the world, and in 2022 it returns for its 44th 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 2022 edition.

When is the Empire State Building Run-Up (ESBRU) 2022?

The date of the 44th edition of the Empire State Building Run-Up is yet to be officially confirmed. Tuesday 17 May or Wednesday 1 June 2022 have been floated as possible dates by NYC Runs. But charity partner Challenged Athletes Foundation currently has Thursday 6 October on its site. A spring/summer date is looking highly unlikely now given how close the event is, so another October race as in 2021 could well be on the cards.

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 likely to be $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.

Registration to enter the lottery should open soon so follow on us social media for updates on when it’s live.

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

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