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German runner wins Empire State Building race for the seventh straight time

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Thomas Dold of Stuttgart, Germany wins the 35th annual Empire State Building Run-Up on Wednesday night.

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Participants make make their way up 86 flights of stairs.

AP reports: German runner Thomas Dold completed the Empire State Building Run-Up on Wednesday in 10 minutes and 28 seconds.

"Well, the good thing is that I've done better than all the others," said the 27-year-old Dold, who completed his last three run-ups in 10 minutes and 10 seconds or less.

He said he didn't know why the finish was "so exhausting" this year because he's "really fit" and compares training techniques with other runners.

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The women's elite field sprints toward the staircase at start of the 35th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up on Wednesday.

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