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Empire State Building Run-Up A Big Letdown For Middletown Vietnam Veteran

Empire State Building Run-Up A Big Letdown For Middletown Vietnam Veteran

MIDDLETOWN — Vietnam veteran Jerry Augustine was unable to realize his dream this year of racing up 1,576 stairs in the Empire State Building.

"It was very disappointing," said Augustine, who has run the race eight previous times placing first, second and third in his age group.

Because of stricter requirements, only 250 entrants were accepted for the 39th annual Empire State Building Run-up in New York City on Wednesday. This is compared with 400 runners in the past.

The prestigious race attracts elite runners from all over the world, who bound up 86 floors to the observation deck in 10 minutes. This year's winner was Darren Wilson, with a time of 10...

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