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German Climbs 86 Floors in 10 Minutes

February 7, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ Thomas Dold of Germany beat defending men’s champion Rudolf Reitberger by 17 seconds Tuesday to win the annual Empire State Building Run-up, climbing 86 floors in 10 minutes, 19 seconds.

Andrea Mayr of Austria set a women’s record in 11:23, winning her third straight title. About 200 runners from 13 states and 11 countries took part in the 29th annual event sponsored by the New York Road Runners.

The 34-year-old Reitberger trailed the 21-year-old winner by about 2 1/2 floors, finishing in 10:36.

``I knew after about 65 or 70 floors that I would be second,″ the Austrian said.

A runner-up last year, Dold was concerned that Reitberger would beat him again.

``After I think 40 stories, I saw nobody behind me,″ he said. ``I looked at my watch and I thought, ’Yeah, it could be.‴

Nada Pauer of Austria finished 84 seconds behind Mayr, who said she paced herself throughout the race.

``Most of the people start a little too fast, and then they get slower and slower and then they break down,″ Mayr said. ``The first 20 floors you have to say, ’OK, you’re running but it’s not the end now, and you have to save some strength.‴

Cindy Harris, of Indianapolis, was third in 13:49.

In the men’s race, Sproule Love ran with a camera attached to his hat, shooting footage for ESPN. The New Yorker finished third in 10:51.

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