So my Monday went from mundane to being the best day ever because I just looked at my profile and I’m IN the Empire State Building Run Up! Only 600 people get accepted each year so I am totally stoked that I will be one of the crazies racing 86 flights to the top. Maybe I should start taking the stairs up to my office on the 25th floor to prepare?

See you at the top, King Kong! (source)

From Empire State Building website:

  • Annually, the Empire State Building hosts its annual Run-Up event, where hundreds of athletes from around the world race a total of 1,576 steps from the ESB lobby to the 86th Floor Observatory. The race climbs 1,050 feet, or 1/5 of a mile vertically and the fastest ESB New York Road Runners Run-Up time ever was Paul Crake of Australia who reached the Observatory in 9 minutes, 33 seconds in 2003.
  • On the clearest of days, visibility is from the Observatories is 80 miles, with five states in view: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
  • The building sits on 79,288 square feet or approximately two acres and contains 2.7 million square feet, making it one of the largest office buildings in the world. As the tallest building in New York, its total height is 1,454 feet from the base to the top of the building’s lightening rod/antenna.


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