24-Hour coaster record challenged to raise money for charity

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2001 5:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A group of four is attempting to ride 72 coasters in 24 hours to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. The team, which includes a vice president of Clear Channel Entertainment, one of the largest owners of radio stations in the US, arranged for helicopter support and cars to hit most of the large parks in the Mid-Atlantic.

Read more from The Lehigh Valley News.

Wednesday, August 8, 2001 5:35 AM
Sounds awesome, but they are not going to get all 72 if they have to resort to the backup plan with the cars. Choppers are about the only way I can think of to hit that many in such little time. I saw the GRP special, and I thought I'd be able to do 42 without much trouble, but 72 will be exceedingly difficult to break if they can do it.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 5:56 AM
I hope everything is running for them. The weather is murder right now in Maryland with the over 90 degree tempatures. They can have it. Is this being documented for TV?

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 6:11 AM
Obviously, this attempt will require a great deal of cooperation from the parks. Since they are raising money charity, I hope they won't get booed like the GRP team did.

Mike
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 6:15 AM
This is a great way to raise money for a charity, and I can't think of a better cause to relate to amusement parks. I don't mind so much about the helicopter since I doubt this will "officially" be a record, since the general public can't get their hands on a 'copter in the normal course of a day. But oh well, I wish them the best of luck!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 6:35 AM
This is great, not only is it for charity, but hopefully it will give some positive publicity for amusement/theme parks and coasters in general. We need all the positive publicity we can get right now, with the media sensationalizing every mishap and accident on a coaster. Good luck to the four people vying for the record! :)
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 7:03 AM
Doesn't SFGAdv only have 11 coasters. Plus Viper is SBNO. So I only count 70.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 7:08 AM
Did you count all the coasters at the piers?

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 7:30 AM
So they are using helicopters now. I think that is cheating. They should drvie just like Team GRP did. The money goes for a good cause though.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 7:47 AM
I think this great. I listened to Phil Guarno on my local radio show today. My local radio hosts suggested giving the childrens miracle network check on a rollercoaster and he seemed to like that idea. That would be awesome. He's doing this for a great cause and loves rollercoasters. He's so lucky he gets to ride 72 coaster in one day and he lives right across the street from Hershey Park. I wish the group best of luck and I hope they raise a lot of money for the childrens miracle network.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 8:35 AM
Why is using a helicopter cheating? The record is # of coasters ridden in 24 hours, not # of coasters ridden in 24 hours using automobile transportation. Obviously the GP can get helicopters...they did! They're no one special in particular. The point isn't the mode of transportation, it's the amount of coasters ridden. Heck, if they wanted to use a private jet, that'd be cool too.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 8:36 AM
Jeff's avatar I like the fact that they're doing it not so much for the recognition, but to raise money. Very classy.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 8:38 AM
CrystalKat wrote:
"I don't mind so much about the helicopter since I doubt this will "officially" be a record, since the general public can't get their hands on a 'copter in the normal course of a day."

Official? Who makes such decisions? As a guy who has been listed in the Guinness Book for a past record (100 meter unicycle sprint) I know that company is rather random about what it chooses to "count" and include in it's book.

Anyone who can ride such a large number of coasters in a day has earned a record. But records set using different methods are deserving of their own categories. A helicopter, the fantasy vehicle of all big-city commuters, changes the possibilities of such a record. Records done without flight should be counted separately.

Wishing for a personal helicopter,
John Foss
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 10:55 AM
I think that it is wonderful that they are doing this for charity, and not for themselves.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 11:18 AM
For it to be a record in guiness book, they would have to travel by road and not exceed the speed limit. I remember them talking about the rules on the special on team GRP. but still, there doing it for charity and i think this is a great idea.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 11:39 AM
I think that sounds like an awesome idea, i'm also glad to hear that it's for a good cause and not for a stupid record. All I want to know is where do I sign-up at ? hehehehe

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 11:39 AM
yes, I agree.. cheers to them for raising money for charity :)

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 11:48 AM
Well, while Guiness requires that the law not be broken, using the helicopters is NOT breaking the law if they have landing permission at/near the given parks. I see no reason why this couldn't qualify as an "official" world record as a result.

Still, that's not their main goal, and I applaud them for doing this as a fundraiser.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 12:06 PM
It's great that they are doing it for charity, but aside from that, Clear Channel Entertainment
can eat poop and die. Read on...

http://www.salon.com/ent/clear_channel/2001/08/08/antitrust/index.html

*** This post was edited by Joe Carroll on 8/8/2001. ***
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 12:30 PM
well thats cool.. but its only 4 people of course they can attempt that much.. the one in california is more than that

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