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'Stairmaster' Thomas Dold wins NY's Empire State Building race for 7th time

London, Fri, 10 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 10 (ANI): German stair runner Thomas Dold has braved 86 flights of stairs to win New York's Empire State Building race for the seventh year running.


Dold ran up 1,576 stairs to get to the top of the iconic building, for a race with no prize money.


He completed the 35th Empire State Building Run-Up in 10 minutes and 28 seconds, which is not a personal best - he usually manages it under 10min 10sec.


"Well, the good thing is that I've done better than all the others," the Daily Mail quoted Dold as saying after the climb.


The seventh win makes Dold the ultimate 'stairmaster' of the city - eclipsing the efforts of two other men who have won five times in a row since the race began in 1978.


American Al Waquie won five times between 1983 and 1987, while Australian Paul Crake won five times between 1999 and 2003.


The event is organised by New York Road Runners, which also puts on the annual New York City Marathon.


Dold is considered the world's No1 stair runner. He has twice won the Taipei 101 race, an unrelenting 2,046-stair course up the second-tallest building in the world.


He also holds a Guinness world record for running backwards - completing a 1km course in 3min 36.07sec. (ANI)


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