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Empire State Run-Up on Feb. 5

New York Road Runners and Empire State Realty Trust to Host 37th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up on February 5

 

Participants to climb 1,576 steps and 86 floors of the world‰Ûªs most famous office building in a race to the top of New York City

 

New York, January 10, 2014‰ÛÓNew York Road
Runners and Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) will host the
37th annual Empire State Building Run-Up on Wednesday, February 5, 2014,
challenging participants to race up 1,576 steps
and 86 floors of the world‰Ûªs most famous office building, it was
announced today by New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary
Wittenberg.

 

‰ÛÏThe
Empire State Building Run-Up is one of the most unique tests of both
mind and body,‰Û said Wittenberg.  ‰ÛÏEach step, each floor, brings a
heightened sense of excitement
and exhaustion as racers take on the ultimate urban hike to the top of
one of New York City‰Ûªs finest landmarks. We welcome the participants
from around the world who will soon take on one of NYRR‰Ûªs most thrilling
events.‰Û

 

The Empire State Building Run-Up was the
brainchild of the late, legendary NYRR president Fred Lebow, and it may
have been the first of its kind. The inaugural Empire State Building
Run-Up was held in 1978 and won by Gary Muhrcke‰ÛÓthe former
firefighter who was renowned for winning the first New York City
Marathon in 1970. While visitors can reach the building‰Ûªs Observatory
via elevator in under a minute, the fastest runners cover the 86 floors
in about 10 minutes.

 

The event consists of racers of all abilities,
including the leaders in the sport of professional tower running who
will converge at the Empire State Building to take part in the Men‰Ûªs and
Women‰Ûªs Invitationals, challenging both body and
mind in what some may consider the ultimate test of endurance. An
additional heat is the Broker‰Ûªs Challenge, which gives select New York
City real estate brokers the unique chance to view the iconic landmark
from a different perspective.  A limited number
of entries are still available by running for two important charitable
causes: NYRR‰Ûªs
Team for Kids or the

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
. More information can be found on the event webpage located

here

 

In its fourth year as the official charity
partner, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), a leading
cancer research foundation that builds innovative collaborative models
to extend lives and accelerates finding cures for cancer,
will put together a team of 200 stair climbers projected to raise
$800,000 towards research of this disease.

 

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454
feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State
Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the ‰ÛÏWorld‰Ûªs Most
Famous Office Building.‰Û With new investments in
energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the
Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse
array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper‰Ûªs robust
broadcasting technology supports all major television
and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire
State Building was named America‰Ûªs favorite building in a poll conducted
by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building
Observatory is one of the world‰Ûªs most beloved
attractions as the region‰Ûªs #1 tourist destination. For more
information on the Empire State Building, please visit
www.esbnyc.com,
www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg,
www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg,
www.youtube.com/esbnyc or
www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.

 

About Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State
Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust
(REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and
retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York
metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world‰Ûªs
most famous office building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the
Company‰Ûªs office and retail portfolio covers 8.4 million rentable square
feet, as of September 30, 2013, consisting of
7.8 million rentable square feet in 12 office properties, including
seven in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in
Westchester County, New York; and approximately 645,000 rentable square
feet in the retail portfolio. The Company also
owns land at the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center that
supports the development of an approximately 380,000 rentable square
foot office building and garage and has an option to acquire two
additional Manhattan office properties encompassing approximately
1.5 million rentable square feet of office space and over 150,000
rentable square feet of retail space at the base of the buildings.

 

About NYRR

Founded in 1958,
New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the
world‰Ûªs premier community running organization, whose mission is to help
and inspire people through running. NYRR‰Ûªs commitment
to New York City‰Ûªs five boroughs features races, community events,
youth initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide
hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors,
with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to
run for life. NYRR‰Ûªs premier event, the TCS New York City Marathon,
features 50,000 participants, from the world‰Ûªs elite athletes to a wide
range of recreational and charity runners, and is part of the World
Marathon Majors, an alliance of the world‰Ûªs six
biggest marathons that determines each year‰Ûªs top male and top female
marathoner. To learn more, visit
www.nyrr.org.

 

About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)

The Multiple
Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and
Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy’s diagnosis with multiple myeloma.
The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that
accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma
treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the
world’s number-one private funder of multiple myeloma
research, the MMRF has raised over $240 million since its inception and
directs 90% of total budget to research and related programming. As a
result, the MMRF has been awarded Charity Navigator‰Ûªs coveted four-star
rating for 11 consecutive years, the highest
designation for outstanding fiscal responsibility and exceptional
efficiency. For more information about the MMRF, please visit:
www.themmrf.org.

 

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