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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Turkish Airlines & Powered by the Challenged Athletes Foundation: Lottery Application  

Start Time: 8:00 PM
Empire State Building
350 Fifth Ave at 34th Street
New York, NY


The iconic Empire State Building Run-Up will be held on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021. Lottery entries will be accepted beginning Tuesday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 30th.

Thousands of climbers from around the world will enter, vying for a chance to race up the Empire State Building’s famed 86 flights and 1,576 stairs. If selected, race entry is $125 per applicant. Climbers will be notified of their race status via email on July 15th.


Climbers may also gain entry by fundraising for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $112 million has been raised and over 26,000 grants funded to people with physical challenges in all 50 states and 70 countries. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts impact another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give opportunities and support to those with the desire to live an active and athletic lifestyle. To learn more, visit and follow @cafoundation.

For details, please contact Jason Karavidas.


COVID-19 has changed many things about our events. The following procedures will be in effect for this event:

  • You may not attend the event if you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive in the fourteen (14) days prior to the event.
  • For this indoor event you may be required to wear a mask for the duration of the event, provide proof of vaccination and/or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • No guests are allowed at the race site
  • Upon entry to the race site, a medical professional will take and record your temperature.
  • To avoid crowding, you must show up on time for your designated wave and leave immediately after completing your race.
  • Running in a group of two or more is not permitted.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within the fourteen days following the event, you must email so that we may notify staff and participants as necessary.

Prior to the race you will receive details on exact procedures for this event.

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