Redcliffe woman in Empire State Building race

The Empire State Building run-up is in its 42nd year.
The Empire State Building run-up is in its 42nd year.

AFTER two unsuccessful tries, third time proved to be the charm for a Redcliffe resident as she ticked the oldest tower climb race in the world off her bucket list today.

Kaye Robinson said she was lucky to be picked in a lottery for the Empire State Building Run-up by American charity Challenged Athletes Foundation.

“I remember seeing it as a kid, about 40 years ago, and I thought ‘look at that’ and never actually thinking I’ll get a chance to go up it myself,” she said.

Kaye Robinson at the Empire State Building.

“You can fundraise for the event but I sort of thought not many people would help me fundraise for an American charity.

“They thankfully allowed a lottery system for those who can’t or don’t have time to fundraise.

“It was my third year of trying.”

The Empire State Building run-up is in its 42nd year and was the world’s first tower race.

Australian racing cyclist Paul Crake has won the Empire State Building run-up five times and set the fastest record of nine minutes and 33 seconds in 2003.

Ms Robinson said she wasn’t the world’s fastest climber but has set herself a goal of 20 minutes to climb the 86 floors, which has more than 1576 steps.

“I’ve been training every week on Jacob’s Ladder, keeping the legs fluid enough to be able to do all this,” she said.

“It’s not the tallest building I climb, I did the Sears Tower in Chicago last year and that’s 20 more floors on top of that.”

The Empire State Building Run-up will start at 8am Perth time on May 15.