Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Longest distance on a skateboard: Colleen Pelech breaks Guinness world record
HOMESTEAD, USA -- Senior Colleen Pelech (from Waldwick, N.J.) of the Stevens Institute of Technology women's fencing team used her time off during the winter break to smash a Guinness World Record for long-distance skateboarding; Pelech traveled 167 miles in 24 hours at International Distance Skate Association's UltraSkate Event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, setting the new world record for the longest distance on a skateboard in a 24 hour period, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
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The Guinness world record for the longest journey by skateboard is 12,159 km (7,555miles) and was completed by Rob Thomson (New Zealand) starting in Leysin, Switzerland on 24 June 2007 and finishing in Shanghai, China, on 28 September 2008.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest skateboard; it measured 11.14 m (36 ft 7 in) long, 2.63 m (8 ft 8 in) wide and 1.10 m (3 ft 7.5 in) high; it was designed and produced by Rob Dyrdek and Joe Ciaglia (both USA) in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The previous women's Guinness world record was 154 miles in 24 hours. At the UltraSkate, Pelech reached 150 miles after 17 hours.
"My goal was to go 200 miles in the 24 hours," said Pelech.
"My main competition at the event was Cami Best (New York, N.Y.), who is one of the best female skaters from NYC. I wanted to get the record, but I knew there was a chance she could break the old record at this event as well and go further than me."
"Basically I had seven hours to go the remaining five miles. I was super stiff at this point but not tired. I knew I would break the record but I wanted to get as many miles as possible to ensure that if Cami woke up (she went to sleep after cramping up and an asthma attack) she would not have enough time to catch me."
To train, Pelech skated 5-10 miles a day on smaller skateboards while going uphill as often as possible.
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Last update:Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:43 AM