Thorbjørn Ludvigsen’s latest goal was to finally win the annual race up the stairs of the Empire State Building in New York City, and this year he managed. The 25-year-old “uphill racer” from Bergen, known for its own hills, told reporters it “felt good.”
Ludvigsen ran up the 1,576 stairs of the famous skyscraper in 10 minutes and six seconds, reported the Associated Press. “It’s been one of my goals to win,” said Ludvigsen, who came in second last year but now has a firm grip on the winner’s trophy that’s shaped like a model of what long ranked as New York’s tallest building.
Ludvigsen is one of Norway’s best uphill racers, who won the Lake Garda Mountain Race in Italy last October and set a new record in the traditional Stoltzekleiven Opp race back home in Bergen the month before.
He wasn’t able to enjoy crossing the finish line on the Empire State Building’s famed outdoor observation platform, though, because of bad weather. He and the winner of the women’s race, Suzy Walsham of Australia, officially won the race indoors.