Defending Champions Suzy Walsham and Christian Riedl
Return to New York for 39th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up
Presented by Marmot
Pinnacle Event in Global Tower Running Set for Wednesday, February 3, 2016
NEW YORK ÛÒ January 19, 2016ÛÓ Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that
defending champions Suzy Walsham and Christian Riedl will return
to New York for the Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Marmot on
Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
By competing in the 39th annual
Run-Up, Walsham, 42, of Singapore, and Riedl, 35, of Germany, look to
defend their 2015 crowns. The event, which consists of racers from all
skill levels, includes leaders in the sport of professional
tower running, who will compete in the menÛªs and womenÛªs elite
Athlete Backgrounds and Notable Performances:
- Suzy Walsham, 42, of Singapore,
won consecutive races in 2014 and 2015 and will headline this yearÛªs
elite field. Following her sixth victory last year with a time of 12:30,
she continues to hold
the record for most wins by a female.
- Christian Riedl, 35,
of Germany, took his first victory in the Empire State Building Run-Up
Presented by Marmot last year, winning the race in 10:16.
- Cindy Harris, 47, of Indianapolis, Ind., placed fourth in last yearÛªs race with a time of 14:22. She is a four-time winner of the event.
- Darren Wilson,
41, of Australia, placed third in the menÛªs invitational race last year
with a time of 10:53 after taking second place in 2014.
Quotes from Defending Champions:
“The combination of a challenging climb, in a
famous building, against a strong international field makes the Empire
State Building Run-Up one of the world’s great stair races. I strived
for many years to achieve my six wins and I am excited
to return to New York to try to add to this tally.”
“The Empire State Building Run-Up has always
been a special race to me since it is the most famous tower run in the
world. On the one hand, I feel a bit more relaxed this year because last
year I could fulfill my dream of winning this race.
On the other hand, the expectations are growing, and I know that
defending a title can be much harder than winning a title once.”
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 ÛÏWorldÛªs Most Famous 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
skyscraperÛªs robust broadcasting technology supports all major
television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan
market. The Empire State Building was named AmericaÛªs favorite building
in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the
Empire State Building Observatory is one of the worldÛªs most beloved
attractions as the regionÛªs #1 tourist destination.
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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’s most famous building.
Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail
portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 30,
2015, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in
14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield
County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and
approximately 724,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.