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Athletes tackle 86 flights at NY Empire Run-Up

Germany's Thomas Dold finished his 86-flight dash up

Germany's Thomas Dold finished his 86-flight dash up the Empire State Building in 10:16. Photo Credit: AP File, 2009

A 25-year-old from Germany has won the annual Empire State Building Run-Up for the fifth time.

Thomas Dold, of Stuttgart, finished his 86-flight dash in just 10 minutes and 16 seconds. Dold was grimacing in pain by the time he reached the top of the landmark Tuesday, and he sprawled on the ground. He is now tied with two others for the record for the most wins in the event.

Women’s winner Melissa Moon, a 40-year-old from Wellington, New Zealand, completed the run in just over 13 minutes.

When she reached the top, she smiled and said: “Oh, look at that view!”

The contestants began their mad dash in the lobby and finished on the observation deck. They had to jostle with others in a stairwell wide enough for only two people at a time.

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