The Empire State Building Run-To is an annual race up the 86th level of the Empire State Building (1,576 steps). The race was inaugurated in 1973 and has been held annually ever since. The course records are 9 minutes and 50 seconds set by Bill Callahan in 2003 and again by Brian Stanger in 2004.
The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, with participants starting at different floors for a single-stage race. They then proceed up the elevator to the next floor where they start again. The winner is the person who completes the course within the time limit. In case of a tie, the first person to arrive at the top is awarded the trophy.
The race is open to individuals or teams of three. There is no age restriction for either category but only adults are allowed to compete. Children under 17 cannot accompany their parents to the race site and must be cared for by someone else during the event.
Entrants pay $100 to enter the race and $10 for each additional step they want counted toward their time. The money goes to support New York City public schools. There is also a senior citizen's race for those over 60 years old. It starts one hour after the adult race concludes.
OVERVIEW The Empire State Building Run-Up (ESBRU), the world's first and most renowned tower race, invites runners from all over the world to race up its 86 floors of 1,576 steps. The unique challenge of the ESBRU is that each floor represents a different climate zone - from the coldest floor (number 16) to the warmest (number 76). The average temperature increases as you climb toward the top. While there are no elevators used in the race, stairways are equipped with safety cables to help prevent falls.
METHODOLOGY This statistic estimates the number of flights of stairs required to reach the top of the Empire State Building. We will not be able to verify how many stairs this journey actually contains because the information is likely not available under public access. However, we can estimate the total number of stairs by using statistical data on stairway width and length, which we can obtain from building plans or through research studies of other people who have measured their own stairs. Using these numbers, we can calculate the total number of stairs in the Empire State Building.
In addition to estimating the total number of stairs, this statistic also provides information about the maximum height of someone who can complete the race.
The total number of steps is 1784. (76 fewer than the Empire State Building, which has 1,860). The total number of steps is 65. The total length of the corridor is 9,160'-1' or 1.73 miles (2.793 kilometers). One must climb 12 flights of stairs to reach the top floor.
This amount of climbing is very strenuous. According to U.S. government health guidelines, the amount of physical activity needed for good health is about 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Climbing 1784 steps is enough to meet this requirement.
The number of steps has been a topic of conversation among visitors to the White House. In 1970, the first year that the number of steps was noted, it was reported that there were "3500 steps from the basement to the second floor and 3600 more to the third." Since then, the number of steps has increased due to renovations and additions to the building. In 2001, the Washington Post published an article stating that there were "about 5,000 steps from the basement to the roof" and in 2004, the New York Times estimated that there were "about 6,500 steps from the basement to the roof."
In addition to being difficult, climbing the steps of the White House is dangerous. People have died from heart attacks, strokes, and other medical conditions related to the stress of walking up so many stairs.
You'd have to travel 1,872 stairs to get to our 102nd floor observatory. That's a lot of effort! Fortunately, the Empire State Building has 73 Otis elevators, so you'll be able to reach the top and take in the sights without breaking a sweat. The average time for visitors to use these elevators is 9 minutes, so you won't have long to see everything.
The fastest way up is by express elevator which can put you on the 102nd floor in just 4 minutes. Regular elevators will take 10-20 minutes depending on how many stops they make. There are also two separate staircases that go all the way to the top; one takes about 30 minutes to walk up and the other takes about 15 minutes to climb.
There are several things to see and do at the top of the Empire State Building. You can visit the Observatory, where you can see some amazing views of New York City. Or you can check out the Memorial Room where you can remember those who fought for our country with names engraved on black granite slabs. There's also a small theater where you can watch a movie using your own headphones while standing next to towering buildings.
The Empire State Building is known around the world for its impressive height: 110 stories plus a radio tower. It was built as a landmark building for New York City and it's still considered one of the most prestigious structures in the city.
The Empire State Building is a triumph of 20th-century engineering, with 57,000 tons of steel columns and beams, 62,000 cubic yards of concrete, 6,400 windows, and 67 elevators in 7 miles of shafts. It is the world's tallest building outside of Asia.
The Empire State Building was designed by William Van Alen and completed in 1931. It stands 1,454 feet tall with 21 floors above the ground floor. The central section is 305 feet high with 16 floors while the rest are just 140 feet high with seven floors each. The total area of the Empire State Building is 102,500 square feet (9,200 m2).
Inside the building, you will find more than 5,000 light bulbs and it takes four people one hour to walk from end to end. There are also nine escalators and five moving sidewalks on different levels. The building has been called the world's most sophisticated elevator installation.
The Empire State Building was built during the Great Depression when money was limited. The construction cost $18 million at that time which was very expensive back then. In today's terms, the price would be about $150 million. At the time of its opening, it was the most expensive single construction project in American history.
The Empire State Building stands about 1200 feet tall. I'm assuming there are 100 levels. This translates into 12 feet of single-stacked pennies each level. There are 100 of them. This comes out to about $120,000 in coins.
The penny is one of the most valuable coins known to man. The highest price ever paid for a coin was $967,000 in 2003. That's over $1 million in today's money!
A stack of these pennies would be quite tall. The building itself is well designed so that people can get away with stacking things really high.
In fact, a person has been killed due to being under the wrong impression of how tall such a stack would be. In November 1974, an employee of the United States Postal Service named Carl Stokes built a stack of pennies equal in height to the 98th floor of the building. He believed that he was only building up from the ground floor but in fact, this was not the case. Stokes' body was found dead beneath the stack.
Coins were originally used as currency by Europeans who wanted a convenient way to store their wealth in the form of gold or silver. Before coins were invented, people used to make offerings to gods or royalty.