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Stair climbers push their sport skyward

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Competitors take off for the stairs in the NYRR Empire State Building Run-Up.

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Matthias Jahn, 23, and Thomas Dold, 22, both of Germany, placed second and first respectively in the Empire State Building Run-Up on Feb. 6. The Run-Up is considered the biggest event in stair climbing. (Peter Cox/CNS)

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The women start at the NYRR Empire State Building Run-Up. (John Wendle/Columbia News Servic)

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Thomas Dold finishes first in men's event of the NYRR Empire State Building Run-Up. (John Wendle/Columbia News Servic)

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Matthias Jahn finishes second as first place Thomas Dold accompanies him across the line. (John Wendle/Columbia News Servic)

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Competitive stair climbing isn’t ready for ESPN yet, but interest in the sport has spurted, with races up the world's tallest buildings sprouting up all over.


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