Longest rollercoaster marathon: Richard Rodriguez sets world record
6]Blackpool Pleasure Beach, UK--Richard Rodriguez has smashed the
World Record for the longest rollercoaster marathon.
Richard Rodriguez overtook the previous total
of nine days and 12 hours at 12.01am on Monday. The
48-year-old broke the record on the Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool
Mr Rodriguez had held the record for nearly 30
years until German Frank Rossler beat it last year.
Not content with this feat, the American is still riding
the rollercoaster to maximise his total. He said: "It feels amazing
to be the world record holder once again, but I'm not just going
to give up now - I want to stay on for as long as possible and make
my record a solid one.
"The ride crews and all the visitors who have come
to support me have been a great help and have inspired me to stay
positive during this successful record attempt so I'd like to thank
Mr Rodriguez has to eat, drink and sleep on rollercoasters
as he takes on the ultimate endurance test.
Rossler, known as The Benjinator and his sidekick
Stefan Seemann, were going head-to-head with Rodriguez at the same
time in Germany, but were forced to pull out after just a day and
a half with reports of dehydration.
In accordance with stringent Book of Records
guidelines, the American will accumulate five minutes respite for
every full hour ridden to allow him to change clothes, shower, have
a hot meal and transfer onto the Big Dipper for night-time riding.
Now the American aims to stay on the ride until
Friday at least, at which point he will have spent two weeks on
be updated with final results