3. Empire State Building Run-Up

Forget the Stairmaster, the New York Road Runners’ Empire State Building Run-Up offers a real-life, even more pain-inducing version. Over 400 athletes participated in the 37th edition last year, climbing 1,576 steps to the observation deck of the Empire State Building, 320 meters above street level. Australian pro cyclist Paul Crake set the current race record of 9 minutes, 33 seconds in 2003.

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