MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Wednesday marks the annual run to the top of the Empire State Building, a race that’s been held each year since 1978.

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Runners from around the world race up the 1,575 stairs, starting in the lobby and racing up to the 86th floor. Paul Crake holds the current men’s record of 9 minutes, 33 seconds.

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Since that race is invitation-only, we decided to have a race of our own right here in the WCCO studios. Jamie Yuccas challenged Jason DeRusha, who was recently on the cover of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine sporting his wonderful sweatband.

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Watch the video report to see how the race ended up.