Let’s Take the Stairs
Just thinking about this makes me a little nauseous. Next week is the 37th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up event. Around 500 runners will race up 86 flights (1,576 stairs), take a lap around the observation deck, and then collapse at the feet of the nearest elevator operator (or that would be me anyway). The fastest runners do it in 10 minutes. They are obviously aliens (Kelly Ripa ran it last year, and it’s a well-known fact that she’s an alien).
Most of the runners are professional staircase or tower runners (that’s an actual thing), but there are about 200 “normal” folks who do it for charity. And because they are missing the part of their brains that should tell them this is crazy.
Photos from previous run-up events below!
(Photo Sources: New York Road Runners and Construction of the Empire State Building by Lewis Hines)