Having run a half of dozen marathon and a several half marathons, I was looking for a new challenge. I decided to whim to enter the lottery to do the Empire State Building Run Up. Seeing how only a couple hundred of the thousands of lottery entrants actually get to do this crazy race, I did not think my chances were too good that I would be selected. I "lucked out" and got it. The ESBRU is a stair climb up to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. 86 floors, 1576 steps. After being accepted, I really had to question my sanity for wanting to do this.