Best and Worst Coaster to Marathon

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 1:33 AM

In your opinion whats the best ride to marathon? From my experience its between The Magnum and The voyage. RF2 and The Beast were also fun to reride. My worst is probely Millennium Force, i was at boo buzz in October and got 15 rides in an hour, it go so boring. I really like MF but its an aweful marathon coaster.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 1:21 AM

Worst probably any Intamin Impulse for me... Superman, Wicked Twisted, etc...Best for me is Leviathan... Luckily went to the park on a very dead day and it was walkon day and night. Rode it over and over and turned out to be a magical night... Especially when temps are in the low 40's. That ride is amazing. Could sit on it all day.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 2:29 AM
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i felt the same way for MF. I enjoyed the experience but it became too relaxing because of the smooth ride. Its a tough call though because MF didnt hurt at all where rides like Gemini, Voyage and Magnum all tend to get somehwat painful.

Id say the worst to marathon would be an older wooden coaster like Thunder Road at carowinds. I rode it once and it was too much yet people marathoned it for coasting for kids....god bless em for that!! Id also ay my best mini marathon was on Iron Dragon (10 rides) which still had some kick and no pain!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 8:35 AM
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So a ride that's easy to re-ride isn't a good one to marathon?

Stupid enthusiasts.

(;))


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Thursday, January 3, 2013 11:05 AM
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I've been begging for a marathon on SFoG's Mind Bender for years and years...closest I've come was an extended solo ERT of about 15-20 laps after Goliath opened (and it was total bliss-filled). When they closed MB and I got to Goliath, everyone was wondering where I'd been (A: Nirvana).

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 11:39 AM

The Worst;

  • X2, the old Texas Giant, any suspended coaster (except for Arrow's). I wouldn't want to ride X2 for an extended number of rides, yet along a marathon. Old Texas Giant was brutal and relentless. I rode SFOT's Batman during ERT was a "done" after two rides getting a rare headache.

The Best;

  • Millenium Force. It may be "too boring" and "too relaxing because it's smooth". But, isn't this want you want on a marathon coaster? On a coaster your going to survive for on hours on end? I could probably read a book on MF, which could be a good thing on a long drawn out marathon.
  • Big Thunder Mountain, Disneyland or Disneyworld. Always been a fan of the mine train rides. These are awesome, well-maintained smooth rides. It's got the best theming and the the rare multiple lifts. And with the long trains, you get a wide variety of ride experiences.
  • The Racer at Kennywood. Cool classic woody that had moderate thrills, but ultra smooth when I last rode it. And the racing format would ease the boredom of the marathon.

experiences.

Last edited by Concrete Enchilada, Thursday, January 3, 2013 11:42 AM

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 1:11 PM

rollergator said:

I've been begging for a marathon on SFoG's Mind Bender for years and years...closest I've come was an extended solo ERT of about 15-20 laps after Goliath opened (and it was total bliss-filled). When they closed MB and I got to Goliath, everyone was wondering where I'd been (A: Nirvana).

Last summer I rode Mind Bender over 80 times. It was over a 4 day period; I was in Atlanta doing other stuff, but kept going back to the park in the PM. I rode Goliath once :)

I just couldn't get enough of Mind Bender. It's one of the closest-to-perfection rides I can think of (for me anyway). The other one is the Kennywood Thunderbolt. They are both very ride-able, but still have *real* airtime, laterals, etc.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:38 PM
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Best: Millennium Force, any winged coaster (Wild Eagle & X-Flight are both silky smooth), or Diamondback.

Worst: Flyers.. I want to get off most of those after one lap, much less multiple. Even with the great rides some give (Tatsu and Manta).


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Thursday, January 3, 2013 7:41 PM

My favorite coasters to marathon are Eltoro@gradv and Bizarro@SFNE!

the worst one is Kingda Krap@gradv. after 5 straight rides during ERT it gave me a really bad headache from the vibration and black and blue shoulders from the crappy OTSR's.

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Friday, January 4, 2013 1:20 PM
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Diamondback? On it's media day I was only able to ride 3 times before I was ready to toss my cookies. That's the day I realized I was getting old.

I'd think MF would have the easiest fun to nausea ratio for my personal tolerance.


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Friday, January 4, 2013 2:12 PM
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Yeah, I couldn't marathon Diamondback. I did a dozen or so rides spread over a few hours and that was pushing it. I tend to "feel it" in a negative way at the bottoms of hills after repeated riding.


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Friday, January 4, 2013 4:42 PM
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The best...? Not sure, but the worst to marathon might be either Top Thrill Dragster or Kingda Ka. They're both great coasters, but seeing as they don't do much it can get pretty old after a while.

A good coaster to marathon might be El Toro. Not necessarily the BEST to marathon, but it would still be fun. Also, it's worth a shot to marathon multi-inversion coasters (floorless, inverted). But NOT a standup coaster...you would have the worst ache in your nuts after around the 3rd or 4th time.

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Friday, January 4, 2013 8:27 PM

My longest marathons have been on Steel Force (73 at CFK '12) and El Toro (90 on Easter Sunday a couple years back) Toro is my favorite ride, and that marathon was very enjoyable..I'd do it again in a heartbeat given the opportunity. I think the (relatively) slow lift hill on rides like Steel Force and Nitro...about 20 was my top count on that...makes marathoning tiresome, although not quite difficult. I do think marathoning MF would be extremely gratifying.


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Friday, January 4, 2013 10:20 PM
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If I'm going to ride a lot I'd like the ride to be smooth.

Last year at Coaster Con Intimidator at Carowinds was a joy to ride endlessly. The night time ERT was awesome.

But nearly any of the B&M hypers qualify. El Toro would probably be the only wood I'd marathon mostly because the really good ones tend to bounce you around a bit.

As for the worst to marathon, I'm going with I305.

I love the ride, but the Gs coming out of the first drop are so intense that I can't ride more than a few times. It's just not a very pleasant feeling.


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Saturday, January 5, 2013 2:03 PM
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Concrete Enchilada said:

The Best;

  • Millenium Force. It may be "too boring" and "too relaxing because it's smooth". But, isn't this want you want on a marathon coaster? On a coaster your going to survive for on hours on end? I could probably read a book on MF, which could be a good thing on a long drawn out marathon.

I suppose you're probably right about that ...lol

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Saturday, January 5, 2013 3:26 PM

I don't marathon so well anymore. But if I did have to pick, I'd probably go with Steel Force or Ride of Steel; I don't handle MF's overbanks and gray-outs very well after the first ten or twelve rides, and Magnum's pretzel is too harsh for marathoning.

Best woodie? Probably Kennywood's Racer, or maybe Waldameer's Comet.

Worst steelie would go to KI's Vortex or Time Warp at CW. Worst woodie is a tough one--there's so many awful ones out there. Ghostrider, Mean Streak...the list goes on and on. SOB would have topped that list by far.


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Saturday, January 5, 2013 3:50 PM

Leviathan's the best to re-ride. It's a way better than average to coaster, and it doesn't wear you down like almost every other coaster will.

Anything that inverts has a limit of about 5 laps.

I don't know how anyone can marathon voyage. I had a hard time riding it more than 3 times in an ert.

I would say Magnum, MF, Vortex (CW) , or any BM hyper are good marathon coasters. Although Levi is much easier than all other BM's

Pheonix might be the most fun marathon woodie.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013 9:57 PM
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DKNY6363 said:

I don't know how anyone can marathon voyage. I had a hard time riding it more than 3 times in an ert.

I was able to get 5 laps (maybe more) on Voyage because no one was waiting in my queue in the station this summer. First half is great to marathon but that back half is killer. I had slightly more laps on Legend for the same reason and that ride I thought was a lot tougher to marathon.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013 10:28 PM
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My opinion:

The best 5:

  • Nitro
  • Montu
  • Phoenix
  • Beast
  • Griffon

The worst 5:

  • Riddlers Revenge
  • Wicked Twister
  • Intimidator 305
  • Mighty Canadian Mine-buster
  • X-flight

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Sunday, January 6, 2013 12:38 AM
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You couldn't pay me enough to marathon Montu. It's a decent enough ride, but the intensity combined with the disorientation would make me want to puke, get off the ride, or both within a 3 or 4 laps.


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