Though I've never ridden Son of Beat I think that what you are proposing is a bad idea in 5 different ways:
1. The world record currently is an ungoddly amount of time now, I think you'd have to be riding Son of Beast for a couple months pretty straight, with only the occasional break.
2. In general a lot of wooden coasters are just to damn demanding, even with the padding out the wazooafter a couple of days you'll be hurting pretty bad.
3. Even if your number one coaster is SOB, and you want to ride it an ungodly amount of times take into the effect that riding might do, you probably wil lnot be able to sleep on the ride since it is so big and so fast, meaning after several days you could possibly go into exhaustion.....
4. It would be costly for the park to run the coaster for you so long. With the world records keep in mind that a lot of the times once the park is closed, you are still riding.....
5. Personally I couldn't ever dream of riding my favorite coaster over and over and over for a straight month, that is just overkill.
I'd try to get in touch with Richard Rodriguez (I think that's his name). This guys done a whole bunch of marathon records. I rode with him when he was doing a record on the Boss. He had foam pads all around him, and I don't blame him. Anyway he apparantly knows how to arrange these things, although he might not want the competition. ;)
Kudos for sticking up for SOB in this somewhat hostile environment. But seriously, how many laps do you think you could do continuously? I know the guy above would ride for days on end with only a few short breaks each day for the bathroom and snacks.
I couldn't even imagine marathoning anything forceful. I love a lot of forceful coasters, but over the course of a single day they will start to get to you, I couldn't imagine what riding one for days on end would do. I'd have to take something like BS at CP or HH at IB. But I'd rather not even do that.
Incidentalist said: I couldn't even imagine marathoning anything forceful. I love a lot of forceful coasters, but over the course of a single day they will start to get to you, I couldn't imagine what riding one for days on end would do. I'd have to take something like BS at CP or HH at IB. But I'd rather not even do that.
My thinking exactly, Hoosier Hurricane would be a perfect one to do, hardly forceful at all but a lot of fun.
Not to burst your bubble but Paramount Parks in general aren't big fans of coaster marathons. I noticed that PKI was enforcing the "2 rides in a row " limit last Sunday. This is something passed down from corporate if I am not mistaken.
I was part of the Blue Streak Challenge last year for Conneaut Lake Park. We had to ride that coaster from 10am to 10pm. We ended up getting in 301 laps which beat their record of 300 laps the previous year. I had to take off of work for about a week because of the pain. Don't get me wrong - it was fun and I'm gonna try to do it again this year(I say try because they put all these new rules along with it this year :(), but I'm gonna make sure I bring a pillow or something for my rear-end!
Truthfully, I don't think it can be done for two weeks, let alone a month. The physical beating alone would cause anyone's spinal cord to crumble. I really don't think SoB can be marathoned for that period of time. No way.
Guinness endurance records are stupid - ALL of them. The reason is that you get BREAKS. How is that endurance if you get breaks to use the restroom and rest?
Not to mention, if your life is so pathetic that you could spend three months doing the same thing over and over 24/7, and no one would miss you, and no responsibilities would go overlooked, well, that's just sad.
The Simpsons made fun of this pretty well:
HOMER: What's the record for longest time doing this? (jumps around while screaming gibberish) GUINNESS OFFICIAL: Three weeks. HOMER: What's the longest time for playing a banjo with a cobra? GUINNESS OFFICIAL: Four years.
For whoever asked, the Paramount Parks have been limiting re-rides. Even if the station is empty, you can only ride twice consecutively. After that, they make you go all the way around, which is still better than the policy of some parks (Dorney for example) which apparently dont let you take a second ride even if you were the only person in the park.