Racers climb Empire State building

Suzy Walsham

NEW YORK (AP) — It was up, up, and into the record books for Suzy Walsham at the annual Empire State Building Run-up, as she won the women’s event for a fifth time.

The Australian climbed 86 flights of stairs Wednesday night in 11 minutes, 57 seconds.

Thorbjorn Ludvigsen, of Norway, won the men’s race in 10 minutes and 6 seconds.

Runners from around the world took part in the vertical dash up a total of 1,576 steps, starting at the lobby and finishing on the 86th floor. Five hundred people were registered to take part.

The event was put on by the New York Road Runners, which also puts on the annual New York City Marathon.

The Empire State Building race is among the more high-profile tower climbs in the world.

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