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Three World Trade Center, center, is under construction, Thursday, March 27, 2014 in New York. / Mark Lennihan AP

NEW YORK (AP) - They're high steppers of a different sort. 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.



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