Few people would think of walking, never mind running, to the top of one of the world's tallest buildings but Darrin Eisman, a 29-year old American from Colorado and Belinda Soszyn, 39 from Australia, felt differently. They were the fastest man and woman in the 17th annual Empire State Building Run in New York city, on Thursday (February 17). Eisman's time was nine minutes and 37 seconds. Soszyn's time was 11 minutes and 57 seconds and she came in thirteenth overall. The second place man, Kurt Konig, 36 of Germany, finished only fifteen seconds behind Eisman, with Phil Griffiths, 28 of Perth, Australia, in third in ten minutes and four seconds. The defending champion was 34-year old Geoff Case of Australia. The runners raced up 80 stories, slightly less than the customary 86 stories because of a construction project at the top of the building. Case set the record for the 80-storey run in 1992, with a time of nine minutes and 33 seconds. More than 125 runners from the United States, Japan, Italy, Australia, Canada, Britain, Germany and Ireland competed. The oldest runner was 82-year Chico Scimone, an orchestra conductor from Taormina, Italy and the youngest was Haruna Hosoya of Chiba, Japan.
1) NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 17, 1994)
1. VIEW OF NEW YORK CITY FROM SUMMIT OF EMPIRE STATE BUILDING (NEW YORK CITY) (FEBRUARY 17, 1994) (RTV)
2. EXTERIOR OF EMPIRE STATE BUILDING (NEW YORK CITY)(FEBRUARY 14, 1994) (RTV)
3. START OF EMPIRE STATE BUILDING RACE
4. RUNNERS ON THE SIXTY-SEVENTH STORY
5. RUNNERS CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
6. DARRIN EISMAN AND BELINDA SOSZYN GET THEIR FIRST-PLACE AWARDS RIGHTSHOLDERS: RTV
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