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Feb 7, 2013 12:59 AM by Associated Press

Up, up and away: Racers climb NYC's Empire State

NEW YORK (AP) - 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, including some world-class elite athletes. Seven-time champion Thomas Dold of Germany did not run this year.

Other contestants came from countries including Belgium, Japan and Papua New Guinea.

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