Mark Bourne of Australia reacts as he crosses the finish line on the observation deck of the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in New York City to win the 36th Empire State Building Run-Up running race.ATHLETICS) Photo: Reuters
Canberra endurance athlete Mark Bourne has registered the biggest victory in his career by winning the prestigious Empire State Building Run-Up in New York this afternoon.
Renowned as the biggest event in world stairclimbing, Bourne went two better than his third-placing last year in the gruelling 86 floor, 1576-stair test of stamina.
The withdrawal of Germany's Thomas Dold through illness, who had won the event the past seven years, opened the door for Bourne.
Mark Bourne of Australia congratulates Darren Wilson (R) also of Australia after the two finished first and second in the 36th Empire State Building Run-Up running race. Photo: Reuters
Bourne finished the course in 10 minutes 12 seconds, with Adelaide's Darren Wilson ensuring Australia dominated the race by finishing in second place.
The result capped a stellar recent run of success for Bourne, who also won the Taipei 101 Tower Run-Up in June, and earned his spot in the elite ten-person men's field after winning the Eureka Climb in Melbourne last year.
Australia also dominated the women's race, with Suzy Walsham claiming her fourth victory by scaling Manhattan's tallest building in 12 minutes, five seconds, ahead of compatriot Brooke Logan.
The race expects to raise roughly $600,000 for a number of charities, including title sponsor Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Bourne's previous accomplishments also include winning the Australian Mountain Running Championship in 2009 and second in the Sydney Tower Run-Up the same year.