The 2014 Empire State Building Run Up is scheduled for February 5, 2014.
The event is a fund raiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF and staged by the New York Road Runners Club. Participants climb the 1,576 steps to the top of this historic NYC landmark.
Last year several locals participated in the event. Among them was Sally Kalksma of Pine Beach, N.J.
Sally will be returning again this year with a serious competitor.
Five years ago Sally was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM), an incurable blood cancer that has a 5 year survival rate. According to Sally “this has been the hardest 5 years of my life, and not just because of the diagnosis, but as you all know I lost my husband Pete and my mother to cancer, and both of my twins had operations to have tumors removed.” With the help of her family, friends and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) she was able to have the strength to get through all of those life changing events.
Sally is again starting her training for the February climb up this time with a new team mate who has turned into her friendly competitor – her daughter Dana. Just 8 months ago Dana had surgery to remove 2 tumors: one on her leg and another on her spine. The doctors could not remove the entire tumor on her spine without her losing permanent mobility to her leg. Now according to Sally, “she climbs stairs like a billy goat”.
To make things interesting Sally and her daughter have set up a competition to see who can make it to the top first. While Dana is 29 years younger and 29 pounds lighter, Sally has the experience of getting to the top two times and also climbing the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center and is scheduled to climb the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago.
.Sally and Dana are asking for people to donate to the MMRF in the person’s name that they think will beat the other one in this race to the top of the Empire State Building. . You can get more information and make a donation here. Be sure to write in the comment column who you are betting on, and why.
We will be following Sally and her daughter Dana and reporting on who wins the competition.
This Tuesday many runners will participate in the run to commemorate the year after Hurricane Sandy.
Tuesday, October 29, 6 p.m. 5 Miles, Sandy Run, Deal, N.J.
More upcoming events can be found on The Race Calendar.
Looking ahead to the spring there is RunAPalooza to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey on April 26, 2014. Registration for the Asbury Park Half is now open and a determination on the Jersey Shore Relay Marathon from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park should be forthcoming soon.