Hundreds of athletes from around the world have competed in the annual race to the top of the Empire State Building — running up 86 flights of stairs.

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

The ‘Empire State Building Run-Up’ race, sees runners compete to see how quickly they can get from the ground floor lobby to the observation deck… without taking a lift.

Over 300 people took part in the event yesterday, which was won by German Thomas Dold in a time of 10 minutes and 16 seconds, scooping his fifth consecutive title.

There are a total of 1,576 steps and because the stairwells are only wide enough for two people there can be quite a bit of pushing and shoving.

But if you think this looks tough, imagine what skyscrapper running would be like in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa building has almost twice as many floors.

The women’s Empire State Building Run-Up champion was 40-year-old Melissa Moon, from New Zealand, who finished in 13 minutes and 13 seconds.

The fastest person ever to make it up the 86 floors was Paul Crake who ran the race in 2003 in a time of 9 minutes and 33 seconds.