Race you to the top: The Empire State Building Run-Up


The winner completes the race in just ten minutes and seven seconds, but the vertical climb is a killer: Straight up the 1576 steps of the Empire State Building to the Observation deck. (When I visit the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building, I use the elevator.)

And when it's over, everybody goes to work.

What else am I going to do, like go celebrate? Am I going to go have martinis at 11:30 in the morning? No, you slink into work and you sit at your desk, and you work all day, and when you're done you stand up and your back is stiff, and you call your wife, and you get yelled at, and you go home to your three kids. Just like another day.

Comments (7)
  1. John says:

    1576 steps / 10 minutes = 157.6 steps a minute = 2.63 steps / second.  Basically 5 steps every 2 seconds.  For 10 minutes straight.  I am sucking wind after 2 flights of stairs; I am pretty sure I would die if I tried this.

  2. John C says:

    That’s hard core. I love the stair machine at my gym, and I take the stairs at work, but I can’t imagine 1567 steps in 10 minutes.

    That’s a pretty funny comment about the apres-event routine too :)

  3. Rick C says:

    "What else am I going to do, like go celebrate? Am I going to go have martinis at 11:30 in the morning?"

    Geez, there’s a bad attitude.  Of course you’d go celebrate with martinis after climbing that much.

  4. Gwyn says:

    10:07? Meh. The fastest time was 9:33. Of course that was in 2003 so it was probably under the influence of EPO.

  5. chrismcb says:

    He should have said "What else am I going to do, like go celebrate? Am I going to go have a tank of oxygen and an ice bath for my legs at 11:30 in the morning?"

  6. Larry Lard says:

    @John: This event was covered recently in Runners World UK; they said one should take one’s 5k time as a reasonable guide. The current 5k *world record* is 12-something, I think – so no one’s expecting normal people to do this in 10 minutes.

  7. Cheong says:

    What else am I going to do, like go celebrate?

    No. At least it does seems legimitate to do some cool-down exercise and take some good rest later… Anything but going to work, I’ll say. :)

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