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Fredericks Leads Local Runners in ESB Race

Norwalk's Amy Fredericks finished fifth overall among women as many local runners took to the stairwells for Tuesday's Empire State Building Run-Up. The New York Road Runners sponsors the race.

Fredericks, 44, won her age group as she covered the 86 flights and 1,576 steps in 14:27. She was 59th overall in the invitational race, which featured an international field. She was the second U.S. woman. "I'm glad it's over,'' said Amy, who has finished in the Top 5 a total of eight times among women runners in 10 races. "It's a real nerve-wracking race. I can't believe how competitive it's getting."

Several other runners from Fairfield County also competed in the race, which had 440 finishers. Stamford's Gudo Zgraggen finished 45th overall in 13:56. Greenwich's Valerie Matena (97th overall), Stamford's Cat Heitz (161st) and Stamford's Grainne Keogh (193rd) also competed. Matena finished third in the 20- to 29-year-old age group.

Darien's Doug Schiff finished seventh in a group of runners competing for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Charlie Antrim of Greenwich (16th), New Canaan's Lisa Clark (22nd, fifth woman), Darien's Tom Holland (40th), New Canaan's Nick Tiller (47th), Greenwich's Dauvin Peterson (52nd), Wilton's Dorothy Williams (64th), Stamford's Peggy Flood (65th), Fairfield's Eileen Cronin (71st), Stamford's Gary Lisiewski (75th), New Canaan's Rebecca Tiller (84th) and Weston's Cathy Coburn (86th) also competed in that heat.

In a Team For Kids heat, Stamford's Ryan Matherne finished 10th. There were 440 finishers in the race. Complete results are online at the NYRR website.

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