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German man wins race to top of Empire State Building seven consecutive times

February 9, 2012

The annual Empire State Building Run-Up was held recently, and the man who won the race celebrated his seventh consecutive victory. Thomas Dold, a 27-year-old runner from Germany was able to climb 86 flights of stairs in just 10 minutes and 28 seconds, but he's completed the task in less than 10 minutes and 10 seconds in the past three races, The Associated Press reports.

"Well, the good thing is that I've done better than all the others," Dold told the the news source.

Dold beat out about 650 other racers from 25 different countries, the U.K. Press Association reports. Those who were in New York for the race can make calls to Germany to tell their friends and family about Dold's impressive victory.

Unlike past years, this year's race was held at night, so those who made it up the 1,576 stairs to the observation deck were rewarded with a breathtaking view of New York City's twinkling nighttime skyline.

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