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Hundreds make World Trade Center tower climb

New York, N.Y. (AP) -- More than 700 people took the long way up at the World Trade Center on Thursday -- climbing the stairs.

They did it for the inaugural "Runyon Up," a fundraiser for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Elite climbers went first, leading the pack at 4 World Trade Center. Participants could either tackle all 72 floors, or do a partial climb to the 54th floor.

The fastest male contender reached the 72nd floor in just under 9 minutes. The first woman to the finish floor clocked in at just over 11 minutes.

The event was sanctioned, unlike last month when a New Jersey boy sneaked through a fence and took an elevator to the spire before being arrested.

It's a scramble to the top.

About 700 people will be taking the long way up to the 72nd floor at 4 World Trade Center on Thursday evening -- hiking up the stairs.

The event is called the "Runyon Up," a fundraiser for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Elite climbers will lead off the event. The general field will go up after that, with climbers heading off one at a time every few seconds.

Participants can either do a full climb, all 72 floors, or a partial climb to the 54th floor. There's also a virtual climb, for those who want to take the elevator to the 54th floor.

Tower climbs are held in high-profile buildings around the world, including the Empire State Building.

 
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