NEW YORK (AP) -- On your mark, get set, CLIMB!
Athletes from around the world are taking part in a race up the New York City skyline. They'll climb 86 flights of stairs at the Empire State Building.
The annual Empire State Building Run-up is being held Wednesday night. That's a switch from previous years, when it was held in the morning. Organizers say the timing change allows more people to take part.
There are about 650 people registered to take the climb, including some elite athletes. German six-time men's champion Thomas Dold finished the race last year in 10 minutes and 10 seconds.
Contestants start in the lobby and climb 1,576 stairs before finishing on the observation deck. It's one of the most high-profile tower races in the world.
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