Today was the 44th annual Run-Up, which was sponsored by Turkish Airlines and organised by the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The event took place at the Empire State Building (ESB). 374 runners from all over the globe competed in the race to reach the finish line on the 86th floor observatory of the skyscraper, which consisted of a total of 1,576 steps. The event was divided into various specified heats.
“We are inspired each year by the athletes from all over the world who train and take part in this ultimate test of endurance,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Empire State Building Observatory. “We are inspired each year by the athletes from all over the world who train and take part in this ultimate test of endurance.” Congratulations to everyone who took part in the run up the Empire State Building, which took place at the “World’s Most Famous Building.”
With a timing of 10:44, Soh Wai Ching of Malaysia claimed first place in the Men’s Elite category. He finished ahead of Ryoji Watanabe of Japan and Fabio Ruga of Italy. This is the 28-year-old competitor’s second victory in a row at the ESBRU.
“I am overjoyed to be back in this arena to compete once again. “This is my second triumph, and I improved my time,” stated Wai Ching after he was announced the winner.
In the Women’s Elite heat, the race was won by Cindy Harris of Indianapolis, Indiana, with a time of 13:56. Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, New York, and Maria Elisa La Pez Pimentel of Mexico finished second and third, respectively. This was Harris’ sixth triumph in his total of 24 Run-Ups. Her previous mark of 14:01 was beaten by her.
According to Harris, “I feel pretty wonderful and really lucky to be doing this for such a long time.” “Running in this event means a lot, particularly considering how competitive it was since this particular race was so close.”
This year’s Celebrity heat included “Catfish” presenter Nev Schulman, who competed. Participants from the commercial real estate brokerage industry, occupants of the Empire State Building, and members of the media took part in the race’s other heats.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation was the official charity partner of the ESBRU event, and there was a dedicated heat for challenged athletes and CAF supporters to compete in to earn money for the organisation that helps persons with physical difficulties access sports. CAF athlete Anthony Smith, a veteran of the Iraq war who lost his arm in combat, crossed the finish line with a timing of 56 minutes and five seconds.
As the presenting sponsor of the Run-Up for the fourth consecutive year, Turkish Airlines, which is not only Turkey’s national flag carrier but also the airline that travels to more countries and foreign locations than any other, returned this year. NYCRUNS, which is the biggest running event management firm in the New York Metropolitan region, was the company in charge of producing the event.
In honour of the 44th running of the annual Run-Up, the world-famous tower lights atop the Empire State Building were illuminated in red and white tonight.