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Aussies On Top In Empire State Building Run-Up
Canberra runner Mark Bourne has won the 36th race to the top of the Empire State Building in Manhattan.
In fact, Aussies captured most of the top spots in the men's and women's competitions in the annual run-up on Wednesday night.
Bourne won for the first time in 10 minutes, 12 seconds.
It is "a great feeling to come out on top," he said.
"It was pretty hectic at the start. I was second, third, second and at the 60th floor I took the lead."
Fellow Aussie Suzy Walsham won the women's division in 12:05 - her fourth victory.
"I'm so thrilled that I won," Walsham said, adding that in comparison to previous years she felt "surprisingly good" at the finish.
Australians took both second-place slots as well, with Darren Wilson finishing in 10:45 and Brooke Logan finishing in 12:48.
The previous men's champion, Thomas Dold of Germany, did not race for what could have been his eighth consecutive title.
He said: "I have 364 days to think about" the next one.
About 700 people from around the world did take part, running up 86 flights of stairs in the skyscraper.
The 1,576 steps start at the lobby and finish at the observation deck.
The run-up is organised by the New York Road Runners, which also puts on the annual New York City Marathon.