Stair climbs in skyscrapers around the world are referred to as vertical road races. The ultimate stair climb is the Empire State Building Run-up which is 86 stories to the top of the world's most famous skyscraper. The brainchild of Fred Lebow, the Run-Up has been on the New York Road Runners annual calendar since 1978 and will be run again tomorrow (Feb. 5), that is, if the competitors can get through the ice and snow which is in the forecast for NYC.
The fastest runners climb the 1,576 steps in an amazing 10 minutes! For more on stia climbs, go to towerrunning.com.