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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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

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

Congratulations on receiving an invitation to the 2019 Empire State Building Run-Up!  Now take the next step and complete your registration.

In its 42nd 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?

Climb For CAF

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.

Sorry, Challenged Athletes Foundation Fundraising Entries Are Sold Out For 2019

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 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 2019 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 $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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