Six Flags Over Texas awards ride-a-thon winners

Posted Monday, August 7, 2006 11:05 AM | Contributed by CoasterFanNhouston

There were just 10 weary roller coaster riders who completed 45 hours on the Judge Roy Scream -- 555 laps, covering 260.68 miles, essentially driving from Arlington to Houston -- on Friday. The ride-a-thon, co-sponsored by radio station KFWR/95.9 "The Ranch," was part of the Six Flags Over Texas' 45th anniversary celebration. The park opened Aug. 5, 1961.

Read more from The Star-Telegram.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006 3:20 AM
They got a 15 minute break every hour... what kind of coaster marathon is that?

They need to start making these extreme.. How about:

15 laps on any Togo...

or...

Having to ride X 4 time while waiting in the actual line without making a comment about the mind-boggling lack of capacity

or...

Waiting in a 3 hour queue while people from the general public throw around incorrect coaster facts and not be able to correct them..

Now, those are true coaster marathons...

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006 2:02 PM
Neufield, that last one would kill me.

Still, 34 hours (45 hours - (45 X 15) = 34 (total amount of actual ride time)) is not a laughing matter. 34 hours any any type of coaster would be fairly extreme, not to mention a woodie. Major props to those 10 people. I would love to do that, but I think that afterward, I wouldn't want to even see the coaster again.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006 4:59 PM
I've always thought that coaster marathons should be more endurance-testing with only one clear winner.

Start out with a full train (or even multiple trains depending on the coaster) and just keep running the trains, stopping in the station just long enough to say "anyone want to get off?" and unload if someone says yes. Vomit automatically disqualifies a participant (even if it's chain-reaction ;) ) Last person still on the coaster wins. If you go with the multiple-trains option, then as soon as there's enough room to consolidate to 1 train, you have everyone get off the train, send it empty, and then join the others on the other train (that way the number of laps stay the same).

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 8:21 PM
They did something like that the year Tremors opened at Silverwood. Started out with I think 12 people and eventually only 2 were left on the train. Finally, they just split the prize between them I think... I may be remembering it wrong. They allowed them to sleep in the station at night, I was like "What? They get to get OFF the train to sleep? What kind of endurance test is that???" I do think they were only allowed five minutes per hour bathroom time though. Oh, and they had to take all their meals at the station. Burger King I think... urgh...
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