IN FEBRUARY OF 2002, ELWOOD HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF ATTENDING THE "EMPIRE STATE BUILDING'S" RUN-UP. ATHLETES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD COME TO SEE WHO WILL HAVE THE FASTEST TIME RUNNING TO THE TOP OF THE BUILDING. NOT WANTING TO MISS OUT ON ANYTHING, ELWOOD DECIDED TO TRY IT FIRST HAND.
I SURE AM GLAD THERE ARE BARS UP HERE.

BEFORE RACE WEEK, ELWOOD WAS SHOWN AROUND THE BUILDING. HE ENDED HIS TOUR THAT DAY BY VISITING WITH CHRIS DAY, THE OBSERVATORY GUIDE FOR THE 86TH FLOOR. HE WAS NOT AT ALL THAT KEEN ABOUT LOOKING DOWN.

HOW DID SHE EVER TALK ME INTO THIS?

TRICIA DEMPSEY INVITED ELWOOD TO THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. SHE TAKES CARE OF ALL THE AFFAIRS AT THE OBSERVATION DECK. SHE CAN DO THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE CANNOT, SO SHE DECIDED TO TAKE ELWOOD OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING TO GET A BIRDSEYE VIEW OF THE BIG APPLE. NOW ELWOOD KNOWS WHY KING KONG PICKED THIS BUILDING TO CLIMB.

ELWOOD ALWAYS SEEMS TO FIND THE HELP HE NEEDS.

A VERY LOVELY LADY (JULIE HENRY) AND HER SON (MIKE) TOOK THE TIME TO ACQUAINT ELWOOD WITH THE COURSE. JULIE SHOULD KNOW IT WELL AS HER GRANDFATHER (CHICO SCIMONE, AGE 90) RUNS THIS EACH YEAR. NOW THERE WAS JUST ONE THING TO DO, BIT THE BULLET AND HIT THE STAIRS.


GOING UP!

ELWOOD KNEW IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE AN EASY TASK TO MAKE IT TO THE TOP, BUT HE STARTED AT THE BOTTOM AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. NEEDLESS TO SAY HE WAS NOT A BIG THREAT FO THE FIELD THAT DAY.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ………………..

ELWOOD WAS ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE AWARD CEREMONIES AND HAD HIS PICTURE TAKEN WITH TH EWINNERS. FIRST PLACE FOR THE WOMEN'S DIVISION WAS AWARDED TO KERSTIN HARBICH OF GERMANY.
TIME: 12 min, 46 sec.

FIRST PLACE FO THE MEN'S DIVISION WAS PAUL CRAKE OF AUSTRALIA.
TIME:
9 min, 40 sec

WHEN YOU ARE AROUND THE BEST ONLY THE BEST CAN RUB OFF ON YOU. AS FAR AS ELWOOD IS CONCERNED HE MET ONLY THE BEST PEOPLE AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.

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