The 24-year-old from Stuttgart raced up the 1,576 stairs of the world-famous skyscraper in just 10 minutes and seven seconds – shaving just a tiny amount of time off his previous record. According to race sponsor New York Road Runners, Thomas Dold ran unchallenged to the snowy 86th-floor observation deck where he broke the tape.
“This is such a special win for me,” Dold told the NYRR. “You have to train a lot to get a victory like this, and it gets harder every year – lots of guys want it.”
Dold took part in the 32nd annual race on Tuesday with some 300 other stair runners and is now one win away from tying two other five-time winners.
Another German, Matthias Jahn, took fifth place. Winner in the female group was Suzy Walsham from Australia, who took a nasty fall at the beginning of the race, getting trampled by other runners and badly bruising her face and left knee. She came back from 20th place to win her third race by 13 seconds.
After she received medical attention, men’s winner Dold carried her to the podium where they both received their medals.