Aussie Mum Hoping To Set Record By Sprinting Up 86 Floors Of Empire State Building

An Aussie mum is hoping to secure her 10th win at the annual Empire State Building Run in New York City.

One of the most iconic buildings in the world sees a competition every year, with runners climbing a disturbing amount of stairs - 1,576 to be exact.

Suzy Walsham is not only looking to clinch her 10th victory but also beat her time. How long do you think it takes to climb 86 floors?

Credit: Supplied
Credit: Supplied

Well, Suzy is hoping to do it around 12 minutes. Most of us wouldn't even be able to get up 20 floors in that time but Suzy will have done that twice before you even reach the top.

"I would really love to get my 10th title. I also always wanted to break 12 minutes, but I have had some injury problems this year so that's going to be a bit of a stretch. My best time ever is 12:05, although last year my winning time was only 12:56 after some injury and illness," she said

"I continually strive to improve so I am motivated to try to be the best athlete that I can be.

"I first competed in, and won, the Empire State Building Run Up in 2007 after winning a stair race in Singapore.

"It sparked a new sporting passion for me and since then, I have won over 100 international stair races across five continents and extended my running career longer than I ever expected."

Suzy holds the record for the athlete with the most number of wins at the Empire State Building event but of course being able to say you've done it 10 times will be pretty special.

Credit: Topdog1/Creative Commons
Credit: Topdog1/Creative Commons

The 45-year-old is currently the number one stair runner in the world - which is bloody impressive.

She adds: "However I am also well aware that a race like ESB attracts athletes from other sports who could be very competitive so as with any other year, a win will always be tough to achieve."

Suzy has been training two to three times a week in order to hopefully pull off the big win.

In addition to an Aussie woman holding the record, an Aussie bloke also has the record for fastest time in the men's division. That honour goes to Paul Crake, who, in 2003, completed the run up in 9 minutes and 33 seconds.

Imagine being able to run up 86 floors that quick. The legs would be well and truly burning.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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