Aussies win race to top of Empire State Building

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6 2013 11:29 p.m. MST

FILE- In this Feb. 8, 2012 file photo, six-time champion Thomas Dold (1), of Germany, leads the men's elite field at the start of the 35th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up, at the Empire State Building in New York. Contestants from around the world will compete in the event on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

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It was a double win for Australians at the annual Empire State Building Run-up. Australian Mark Bourne raced up the 86 flights of stairs Wednesday night in 10 minutes, 12 seconds. It's his first win.

Fellow Aussie Suzy Walsham won the women's division in 12 minutes, 5 seconds. It's the fourth time she's won the race. Runners from around the world took part in the vertical dash up a total of 1,576 steps, starting at the lobby and finishing at the observation deck. More than 600 people were registered for the event.

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