Best and Worst Coaster to Marathon

Monday, May 27, 2013 12:37 AM

I've never had the chance to marathon MF, but I have had my share of single day rides. And as someone who races cars sometimes, Dragster shouldn't be too difficult.

When I was younger, I used to reride marathon Double Loop for a dozen or so laps at a time between taking a break. I think my dad and I did 30 in a row once.

As I've gotten older, I've been spending more of my excess rides on wooden coasters. In a single trip in 2004 my friend and I did 13 laps on Grizzly, 16 laps on Thunderhead, 17 laps on Legend, and 21 laps on Beast. (plus other rides, but these were standouts because I counted)

Worst marathon ride is MaxAir. Worst marathon coaster is and boomerang shuttle coaster.

Now I'm curious how many laps on Mantis my legs could handle. (or my head, with all the blood in my feet)

RIP Geauga Lake 1888-2007
Monday, May 27, 2013 1:39 AM

Afterburn is a great marathoning ride. 6 times in 25 minutes once for me.

Monday, May 27, 2013 1:49 AM
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Tyler Boes said:

6 times in 25 minutes once for me.

You'll get that under control as you get older.

Monday, May 27, 2013 8:00 AM
Dwayne Kilbourne's avatar

I have to say that my coaster-riding did not start off all too well. For those who have been to Cedar Point, my first coaster was (at the time the tallest and fastest wooden coaster) Mean Streak. The line had to be at least 2 hours long, and the sun was beating us up. I looked up (as a fifth grader?) and figured that it looked slow, so I totally underestimated it. After that ride, I was shaken (both figuratively and literally), so I chickened out the rest of the day and also when I went to Kings Island on a class trip in 7th grade (something that I really regret - I have not had the chance to go back yet). Eventually, I went back to Cedar Point many times and then conquered the whole park on my 18th birthday... it was important that I beat Mean Streak!

So, since I love coasters and all types of thrill rides (and even skydiving), I'd love to put my determination to the test and conquer Mean Streak for numerous hours in a row... I'm curious how well I'd do! Certainly, that is not the smoothest ride out there! :-)


Monday, May 27, 2013 8:42 AM

I'm marathoning Shivering Timbers today. Hopefully it'll be a fun one to marathon.

Monday, May 27, 2013 10:12 AM

Careful where you park.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Monday, May 27, 2013 11:56 AM

Best for me is maverick, dominator(when it was at geauga lake) and blue streak at cp.
Worse is mean streak and mantis

Monday, May 27, 2013 9:29 PM
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If one's looking for the "easiest" to marathon, I'd say smoothness is in order....I'd take Millennium but most any hyper would do. Personally though I find woodies are more fun to marathon. Besides the Beast (already mentioned), Prowler and Lightning Racer come to mind.

As for worst? Probably a toss-up between a standup and a Vekoma SLC.

Monday, May 27, 2013 9:34 PM
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Agreed on the standups. I don't know how California's Great America thinks people are gonna survive four and half hours on Vortex. Granted, there are far worse standups (I actually kind of liked B&M's second coaster), but even so.

13 Boomerang, 9 SLC, and 8 B-TR clones

Monday, May 27, 2013 9:58 PM

I did MF 15+ times in a row last thursday during ERT, it was a great ride to do it, but on the last ride i felt a little sick to my stomach for a few minutes. I guess the forces catch up to you after a while.

My favorite ride to marathon would have to be Nitro, because it is butter smooth and i never get sick of it.

Last edited by NitroRider, Monday, May 27, 2013 10:08 PM
Monday, May 27, 2013 10:29 PM
kpjb's avatar

Best: Lightning Racer

Worst: Orphan Rocker


Monday, May 27, 2013 10:34 PM
Vater's avatar

I dunno, I could sit in Orphan Rocker an awful long time without getting the least bit fatigued.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:27 AM

I've realized that it's hard to marathon a nausiating coaster more then 6 times in a row.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 9:16 AM

Best:Kennywood Racer and Waldameer Comet

Worst:Back seat on the Coney Island Cyclone,Idora Wildcat and the Kennywood Steel Phantom.

Cant believe a friend and I did 42 laps in a row on the Steel Phantom.We were extras for a Japanese TV show that they were filming on it.Next day I was black and blue.That thing beat the crap out of me.

Racing whippet 76-77
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 9:59 AM

The worst thing about a cyclone marathon is the price.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 3:38 PM

The best/worst coasters to marathon is totally dependent upon the park, weather, and the crowds for the day. For all those chosing MF, Leviathan, Diamondback or equal statistical ride, if it is a requirement to wait in line then it may be possible to continuously loop the ride. If we consider a fast pass/fast lane then waiting is not necessary and after a few rounds the ride can take a toll on the human body. Even though these rides are as fluent as they come, our organs are moving about and may require time to settle back to their full and upright positions.

These three would be my ideal rides due to their height, speed, and overall excitement factor. I would however not recommend any arrow looper or vekoma suspended looping as a possibility to marathon, as these have a tendency to rattle the brain between the harness. Nonetheless, the ride of your choice is based on what your personal body can tolerate. I look forward to hearing additional rides and accept challenges.

Friday, May 31, 2013 12:28 AM

My three favorite rides which I have marathon ridden would be:

Magnum XL - 200: This occurred during the short lived Millennium Mania back in the day. CP was actually letting you stay on the ride! We rode 25 times in a row during one night! Fantastic!

Expedition Everest: I always wanted to ride this coaster in the dark and during this past winter I had the chase. The Animal Kingdom was open until 8PM on most Saturday nights in December. After 6PM, Everest was a walk on! We rode 12 times!

Big Bad Wolf: The wife and I had a tradition of visiting BGW every Easter season. We spent the last hours of the night power riding the wolf in the dark. During the day the wolf was OK, but at the night the wolf roared through the track in the dark over the village.

There is one ride I will never be able to marathon...Sea World Orlando's Manta. The ride is simply to intense to ride continuously. The dive in the pretzel loop is unreal.

Friday, May 31, 2013 12:36 AM

Best I've done was Manta 15 times in a row, it was a cloudy day little to no crowds. And Bizzaro SFNE 30 somewhat times. "All I did that day" Close third was I305 Me and the wife did around 12-13 runs on it around closing time. Front row on that at night is PITCH black. or alteast was when I rode it. Nothing but stars.

Friday, May 31, 2013 7:49 AM

Every ride I marathon loses its luster after I'm done marathoning. What happens is that I get kind of sick if I marathon more than 6 or 7 times in a row.

Friday, May 31, 2013 9:44 AM

Although my best marathon was 90 rides on Toro in one day, I've always felt that MF was the coaster that would lend itself best to a marathon (if the seatbelts were longer LOL!.) Wooden? Probably Wooden Warrior.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist


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