New York, NY —
Forget the 86 flights of stairs it was at the starting line that Australian Suzanne Walsham ran into the most trouble in her attempt to defend her title in the annual run to the top of the Empire State Building.
Walsham, a two-time winner, was pushed into the wall by her fellow competitors, suffering a possible broken nose and an injured knee.
Walsham won, anyway.
WALSHAM: I just sort of thought I've come all this way, I haven't come here to pull out, so, so I'm going to do the courageous thing and do the best I can under the circumstances.
REPORTER: Thomas Dold of Germany defended his title, winning the men's division for the fourth time.