Kevin Brennan '07 | Mar. 16, 2014 | ND Today
Dolly Duffy ’84 really started to feel it on the 70th floor. Adrenaline eventually gives way to fatigue when you’re running to the top of a skyscraper.
“Your heart is beating out of your chest,” she remembered. “It’s so hard to breathe.”
But Duffy had trained for months for this exact moment, conditioning her body to push through the pain. And she only had 16 more flights of stairs to climb.
Duffy, the executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, first applied 12 years ago for entrance in the Empire State Building Run-Up, the annual race to the roof of the New York City landmark. She finally won her spot this year after being accepted onto a team of stair climbers representing the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), the event’s official charity.