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January 8, 2010

Dear B_

Congratulations! You have been selected to be a part of the 2010 NYRR Empire State Building Run-Up, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. Once again, this years Run-Up attracted a record number of applicants from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to compete with some of the most diverse and well-trained athletes in the field.

We have included some important race-day information, so please take the time to read below. Also, please make sure to check our website, www.nyrr.org prior to race day for any last-minute changes.

Race-day check-in will take place only on Tuesday, February 2, from 9:00am to 10:00am. You must enter the Empire State Building from the main entrance on Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets. There will be a security check point, so please be sure to bring photo ID. At race check-in you will receive your race number, timing device and t-shirt. You must securely attach the timing device to your shoe in order to be scored; it will be removed on the 86th floor after the Run-Up.

Guest pass will be available at race check-in. You will be given ONLY ONE guest pass per runner, due to space limitations. Your guest will be directed to the post race ceremony area and CANNOT stay on the ground floor for the start of the race or wait at the finish line. All runners will quickly return to the post-race ceremony area after completion of the Run-Up, where all guests will be waiting.

Baggage check will be available to transport your belongings to the post-race area. Please drop them off at the baggage area near race check-in before 10:00a.m. New York Road Runners is NOT responsible for lost or stolen items.

Invitational races start at exactly 10:30a.m. Women will start first, followed by the men’s first heat at 10:35am and the men’s second heat at 10:40am.

Seeding numbers will be assigned according to the times indicated on your application. Low-numbered runners line up in the front, and higher numbers will be in the back. It is very important that you cooperate. You must run in the heat that you are assigned to or you will be disqualified. Failure to abide by all race procedures will result in your disqualification, and your application will be automatically rejected next year.

Course Description: There are 1576 steps, for a total of 1,050 feet in elevation. The stair width is 40 inches and the length is 7.5 inches. Each story has two flights of stairs, separated by a landing. The length of a flight varies and there are six different flight patterns on the ascent.

Water stations will be available along the corridors on the 20th and 65th floors where you will change stairwells. Please watch your footing at these locations to avoid slipping.

Passing during the race may be done on either side, though it is customary to pass on left. The runner being passed must not block as a safety precaution.

Stopping: If you wish to drop out of the race, look for signs in the stairwells that will indicate a floor at which you can exit. Once you exit, take an elevator to the ground floor and then use the appropriate elevator to the 80th floor observatory for medical attention, if necessary. Baggage may be picked-up from the post-race area.

Finish: You will exit the stairwell on the 86th floor and you cross diagonally through the door to the outdoor terrace. You will run a quarter of the way around the terrace to the finish. Tape on the floor will mark the course.

Refreshments and a Post-race awards ceremony will follow the race. Athletes will be directed to the specified location. You can claim your baggage there and results will be posted when available. Results will also be posted on the NYRR website (www.nyrr.org).

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, February 2. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Empire State Building Run-up Team at ESBRU@nyrr.org.

Good Luck,

New York Road Runners

2010 NYRR Empire State Building Run-Up Selection Committee

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