What do you think about Richard Rodriguez/Boss-a-t

Friday, August 10, 2001 10:13 AM
While at Six Flags St Louis yesterday they had a guy named Richard Rodriguez who was going to ride the Boss for 100 consecutive days with 8-10-01 being the 100th day. What do you think of this? They stated on a message board in the que he has done this 14 times before. Anybody have any information on his prior coaster-a-thons?
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Friday, August 10, 2001 10:27 AM
Lots of info - there was quite an article on coasters in general and R-Rod (good nickname considering, huh?)in specific in Sports Illustrated about a year ago. When I get home, I'll get the specs and post them here...

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Friday, August 10, 2001 12:06 PM
He was interviewed this morning on CBS's Early Show. I only caught the last couple minutes, but Bryant Gumbel asked things like "Do you think your crazy? and Why do you sit in the middle?" Common kind of questions.
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Friday, August 10, 2001 12:15 PM
As of 3:00 PM CDT Richard Rodriguez completed his 100 day marathon on The Boss. Congratulations Richard!
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Friday, August 10, 2001 12:40 PM
I was there riding the Boss while this was going on, well I know Boss is pretty intense for 100 days, but I think for a true marathon, you must ride the coaster like a normal guest in the park.

Forget the padding, elbow pads, gloves, etc.

Many other people at the ACE Spring Con said this too.

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Friday, August 10, 2001 2:13 PM
To me the real struggle would be to walk the que of the boss after each ride. Its a very long que. i prefer the zig zags becasue at least they are closed if the line is short and it reduces your time to get back on the ride. I still dont think i could ride THAT ride 100 straight days. Maybe Raging Bull or Apollo's Chariot but the Boss is rough. gartorwoodie if you could find that article it would be greatly appreciated.
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Friday, August 10, 2001 2:17 PM
Bob O, he didnt have to walk through the queue after each ride. he stayed in the car for 100 days straight giving small breaks for bathroom, food and sleep. which only adds up to about an hour. they probably used the padding cause we all know those restraints are a little rough and would you want to sit on those seats for 100 days i surely wouldnt i would want some padding. i wonder how many times he took a shower in that 100 days.

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Friday, August 10, 2001 2:34 PM
This is borderline insanity. And how can this man afford to do this? Then again, if I had the money, I'd build my own ride and ride it quite a bit. Or just go on an extended trip. But I surely wouldn't subject my body to that. Then again, some people like to climb Mt. Everest. I like climbing mountains...but dang.

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Yeeee Haaawwww! *** This post was edited by janfrederick on 8/10/2001. ***
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 4:55 AM
He's off his head that one.....last year he did 2000 hrs on the Big Dipper in Blackpool. I just wrote in another thread about it so can't be arsed repeating myself, read the Guiness world record thread, but he's a not-right!!
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 6:41 AM
He is a school teacher, hence, no work in the summer. That's how he can do it!Why does everyone say the Boss is so rough? Obviously we are becoming a nation of wimps!!! ;) Other than the sideways kick you get at the top of the 4th hill, in my opinion the Boss is smooth compared to some other coasters.

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Just a couple of G-force junkies!
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 7:14 AM
He has plenty of time for sleep and showers, he rode non-stop for the time that the park was open, not 24 hours a day.

As I mentioned in another toipc about this accomplishment, I think he takes our hobby a bit too far. I must admit that I would never be able to do that, not on The Boss, or anything else.

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 8:47 AM

Soggy said:
"He has plenty of time for sleep and showers, he rode non-stop for the time that the park was open, not 24 hours a day.

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In Blackpool he rode all day and at night when the rest of the park was closed.............

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Saturday, August 11, 2001 9:47 AM
I'm surprised they can keep the coaster running non-stop for 100 days.

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Saturday, August 11, 2001 5:29 PM
Richard Rodriguez BOSS-A-THON 100 Photos at:

http://www.rollercoasterking.com
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Saturday, August 11, 2001 6:16 PM
From what ive heard he was only on the coaster during regular operating hours of the park and the park employees told me he was hired by the park for the summer to ride the coaster for pr purposes. I still couldnt have rode that coaster that much and even though i love coasters being on one for 100 straight days would have to be boring but he seemed to be in a good mood while i was their.
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Sunday, August 12, 2001 7:38 AM
Well, maybe he did at Blackpool, but not at SFStL. Check the website for yourself.

http://www.rollercoasterking.com/WorldRecord/WorldRecord.htm

"Average of 11 hours per day"
Have a nice day.

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!
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