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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Turkish Airlines  

Start Time: 8:00 PM
Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

If You’ve Received an Invitation, Congratulations! Now Take the Next Step & Complete Your Registration

In its 41st year, the 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 has challenged runners from around the globe to race up the Empire State Building’s famed 86 floors – 1,576 stairs. While visitors can reach the Empire State Building's Observatory via elevator in under a minute, the fastest runners cover the 86 floors in about 10 minutes. Want to see how fast you can do it?

Climb For CAF

While registration for the general lottery is closed, you still have an opportunity to participate in the 2018 Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Turkish Airlines, Powered by the Challenged Athletes Foundation by registering as a charity fundraising participant with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). As a Team CAF participant, your fundraising will help fund the adaptive equipment, training and mentoring needed to get challenged athletes in the game - and to the finish line.

Your participation with CAF includes guaranteed entry into the 2018 race, custom CAF-running and training apparel, fundraising tools and support, and an exclusive after-party experience post-race. You can register and learn more about the limited charity entries still available by visiting or by contacting Jason Karavidas at

Race Day

You will receive an email with specific instructions regarding start time and race day packet pickup. 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.


Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners overall and to the winners of the Brokers Challenge. Age group awards will be awarded to the top three male and female runners 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 runners will receive a race shirt commemorating their participation in the 2017 Empire State Building Run-Up. All finishers will receive a medal.  Bag check and limited restrooms will be available.


Take the BDFQNR to 34th Street, Herald Square and walk east on 34th Street. Alternately, take the 6 to 33rd Street and walk west on 34th Street. Enter through the main entrance on Fifth Avenue.  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 $125.00. Our standard no-refunds, no-deferrals, no-transfers policy applies. This event is ineligible for perks provided by the NYCRUNS membership program.

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