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Stairway to heaving

What was Neil Janowitz thinking as he ran up the Empire State Building's 86 flights? Quite a few things, actually. Story

Updated: February 6, 2008, 5:37 PM ET
By Neil Janowitz | Special to Page 2

Here are the thoughts that were going through my head Tuesday during the annual Empire State Building Run-Up, as I reached each of the structure's 86 floors.

1: This staircase is very effective at providing a means of ascent, but less so at accommodating the simultaneous entry of 85 excited male runners.

2: The ventilation leaves something to be desired.

3: Wow, it smells bad in here.

4-7: Now that the pack is beginning to spread out, I have ...

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