In its 44th year, the Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Turkish Airlines Powered by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (“ESBRU”) is the marquee tower race in the world. The ESBRU challenges runners from around the globe to race up the Empire State Building’s famed 86 floors – 1,576 stairs. While visitors can reach the Observatory via elevator in under a minute, the fastest runners cover the 86 floors in approximately 10 minutes. How fast can you finish?
For the first time registration for the Empire State Building Run-Up will not be in a lottery format. A limited number of entries will be sold on a first come first served basis. Entries are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Registration will open at 9 AM on July 20th.
Climbers may also gain entry by fundraising for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The mission of CAF is to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports increases self-esteem, encourages independence, and enhances quality of life.
Fundraising entries offered through the Empire State Building Run-Up’s official charity partner, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) currently has spots available. If you wish to learn more about CAF’s fundraising program, you can visit http://support.challengedathletes.org/esbrunup, or Ryan Fentin-Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bibs and will be mailed approximately two weeks prior to the event. Please make sure the address you provide at registration will be valid when your items are shipped. International participants will pick up their bibs and shirts on the day of the climb. All participants will be given an arrival time and early entrance will not be permitted. It is recommended that all runners arrive ready to race; limited facilities will be available for changing.
Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all aspects of this race are extremely subject to change. At this time, there are no COVID protocols planned, but we reserve the right to implement any we see fit including masking and proof of vaccination and recent booster.
We will update this page as needed and email registered athletes if our requirements change.
Awards are given to the top three elite male and elite female climbers overall and to the winners of the Broker heat. Age group awards are given to the top three male and female climbers in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over. Our awards policies are available here.
All climbers receive a race shirt commemorating their participation in the 2022 Empire State Building Run-Up. All finishers receive a medal. Bag check and limited restrooms are be available.
Take the BDFMQNR to 34th Street, Herald Square and walk east on 34th Street. Alternately, take the 6 to 33rd Street and walk west on 34th Street. Please check MTA Trip Planner for up-to-date and detailed mass transit directions and Google Maps for driving directions. Parking is available at garages near the Empire State Building at your own expense. We strongly encourage you to use mass transit.
The Empire State Building Run-Up costs $150.00. Our standard no-refunds, no-deferrals, no-transfers policy applies. This event is ineligible for perks provided by the NYCRUNS membership program.