2016 Empire State Building Run-Up


Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. has engaged in a multi-year partnership with outdoor clothing and equipment company Marmot as the presenting sponsor and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) as the official charity partner of the Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Marmot with the 2016 edition of the pinnacle event in global tower running, set for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.



For the past 38 years, the Empire State Building Run-Up (ESBRU)—the world’s oldest and most famous tower race—challenges runners from around the globe to race up its famed 86 flights—1,576 stairs. While visitors can reach the building’s Observatory via elevator in under a minute, the fastest runners cover the 86 floors in about 10 minutes.

Leaders in the sport of professional tower-running converge at ESB to take part in the Men’s and Women’s elite heat, challenging both body and mind in what some consider the ultimate test of endurance. Additional heats include media, celebrities, and New York City real estate brokers.

Marmot, CAF and MMRF will also host exclusive heats.

For the past 40 years, Marmot has been committed to training and outfitting endurance athletes for their adventure. This is at the core of Marmot's company philosophy; one that runners will adopt as their own in preparation for the climb up 1,576 steps to the top of the Empire State Building.

starting lineThe selection of runners in the CAF heat will fundraise to help CAF's good work to provide opportunities and assistance to people with physical disabilities so that they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.

The ESB Run-Up has become an elite “bucket list” item that the general public vies to be included in. Thousands of runners from around the world will enter - all seeking a select few spaces for a chance to participate.

The Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Marmot is produced by NYCRUNS.



Steps climbed in the race


Distance climbed in the race (approximately one-fifth of a mile vertically)


Men’s course record, set by Paul Crake of Australia in 2003


Women’s course record, set by Andrea Mayr of Austria in 2006


Most race victories in Men’s Invitationals, held by Thomas Dold of Germany (2006–11)


Most race victories in Women’s Invitationals, held by Suzy Walsham of Australia (2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)


Date of 2016 ESBRU

WalshamPress Releases

Lottery Registration for 2016 Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Marmot Opens October 21, 2015




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