Latest news: Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham win Empire State Building Run Up today
Runners from Australia took four of the six place getter positions at the 36th Empire State Building Run-Up, led by race winners Suzy Walsham and Mark Bourne. About 600 athletes took part, climbing the 1576 steps from the gleaming marble Art Decco lobby to the 86th floor observation deck of this city’s tallest building.
Canberra’s Mark Bourne won the men’s race from fellow Australian Darren Wilson, and there was also a one-two Australian finish in the women’s field with Suzy Walsham winning the race for the 4th time and Brooke Logan finishing 2nd.
Mark Bourne was a narrow second in last year’s Australian Mountain Running Championship and is a previous Australian mountain running champion. He won the 2012 Eureka Tower race in Melbourne in record time to earn his trip to the Empire State Building race.
It was Suzy Walsham’s 4th Empire State win. Walsham is a former Australian Commonwealth Games 1500m representative.
Seven time winner Thomas Dold didn’t run this year due to a cold, but could he have beaten Mark today who ran 10:12? In 2012, Dold ran 10:28 to win, in 2011 he ran 10:10, in 2010 10:16, in 2009 10:07, in 2008 10:08, in 2007 10:25, in 2006 10:19, in 2005 10:24.