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Empire State Building record set

Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 01:38

Feb 2 - Athletes run up the 1,576 stairs of the Empire State Building. This year, an Australian woman running her first race wins while a German man earns his sixth straight title. Tara Cleary reports.

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And they're off! The first runners burst into the stairwell of the Empire State Building for the annual run-up. Competitors have to climb 1,576 steps to reach the top of New York's famous building. This year's event produced a new record. Winner of the men's race, German Thomas Dold made it his sixth straight victory, in a time of ten minutes and ten seconds. SOUNDBITE: Thomas Dold, Empire State Building Run-Up, men's winner, saying (English): "I am feeling very good that I have won six times. No one has done that before and it means over a very long period every year on the first Tuesday in February you are well-prepared, you are not sick, you are healthy, you have done your training, your homework, and you bring all your performance in the staircase and that's a really good thing." The women's race winner, in thirteen minutes and three seconds, was first-time entrant Alice McNamara. She said it's the toughest thing she's ever done. SOUNDBITE: Alice McNamara, Empire State Building Run-Up, women's winner, saying (English): "To climb to the top of New York, the greatest city in the world, it's just brilliant. At the moment I feel fantastic. My throat and my legs are going to be hurting tonight though." The annual Empire State Building Run-Up began in 1978 and more than four thousand people have completed the race. Even though it's an uphill battle, Dold and McNamara say they'll be back next year for more agony ... and possibly success. Tara Cleary, Reuters, New York.

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Empire State Building record set

Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 01:38