MI runners are no longer content to go out for your average road race. Nor will a muddy obstacle course suffice. We want bigger challenges. Greater glory. We want our names to be immortalized in the record books! We want more!
And no, I’m not talking your basic boring running records here. The ones that only the fittest of the fit, fastest of the fast, and elitist of the elite can even begin to think about making an attempt at. We’re equal opportunity record attempters over here in the Marvelous Mitten. ANYBODY can get in on the action.
Michigan runners will be making not one, but TWO world record attempts at races this summer. And because they both made me giggle a little, I’m seriously considering participating in BOTH of them, and I thought this would be right up your good spirited mother runner allies, I thought I’d share.
Matt and Leesa Dykstra, the founders of the Rock The World Race , we’re gracious enough to indulge me and all of my questions about their wacky wet world record attempt on June 30th at their Lansing event (thanks guys!). Here’s the details:
1) What world record is it that you're after?
Longest distance traveled on a slip and slide in one hour.
2) Slip and slide? We're talking that same looooooong hosed down yellow strip of plastic that you ran full speed ahead and then flung yourself down with reckless abandon when you were a kid right?
3) What's the current world record?
82,080 feet (held by the University of Oregon)
4) What exactly has to happen in order for this record to fall? How is it made official?
We will have the hill surveyed to get exactly a 190 ft slip and slide. We will have cameras stationed at various angles to capture everything on tape. The footage will be sent over to Guiness after completion of the event to confirm that we broke it.
5) Who came up with this crazy idea and how?
This was the result of a monstrous brainstorming session!
6) Of all the world records you could have pursued, why this one?
We already had the slip and slide, why not make it memorable!
7) Does every Rock the World participant get a chance to slide?
Yes! The slip and slide is our 3rd obstacle labeled Victoria Falls. Every participant will get to take on the hill during their race.
8) Must you be registered for Rock the World to participate or can spectators get in on this too?
We have closed down our last two waves in order to make room for this special event. Everyone will be encouraged to get in on this record attempt. Everyone who goes down the slip and slide for the World Record attempt must be at least 16 years of age.
9) Can children participate? How old do they have to be?
While we allow 14 year olds and up to race, there are restrictions that only allow 16 and up to participate [in the world record attempt].
10) Will there be a limit to the number of slip and sliders or are you going to see just how high you can raise the bar for anyone that might dare challenge you for the title in the future?
No limits! We’ll try to put this thing as far out of reach as possible!
11) Is it ok to just come watch?
Absolutely! Spectators are free of charge!
12) Do you have any suggestions for spectators who might be coming to support a family member on what would be the most appropriate cheer to yell or sign to make to encourage them on to world record glory?
Ha, a bunch of old rally speeches from various sports movies come to mind, followed by the classic “slow motion” group walk to the start line!
13) Do you have any advice on the best form for sliding?
Feet first, lie back, and enjoy the ride!
14) Any suggestions on the best way to train for a slip and slide world record attempt?
Work out those vocal chords you’ll use them on the way down!
15) Most appropriate slip and slide attire to maximize performance?
Anything! Come out in costume to maximize the enjoyment by all!
16) How many times do you get to slide?
Depends on the number of people who show up to participate. If we only have 100, then everyone will need to go 4 times down the slide. The key is to get 434 slides down the slip and slide in that hour.
17) Are there do overs?
Nope, one shot for all the marbles!
18) What if you've never slipped and/or slided before? Is your slip and slide beginner friendly? Or is this opportunity to be part of HISTORY only for seasoned elite slippers and/or sliders?
This is definitely not a beginners slip and slide, but really, if you can tackle this puppy, you can tackle any of them!
Fun right?! You know you want to join me on that slip and slide don’t you?! And with this race you’ve got the opportunity to be part of history TWICE because it’s the inaugural event! Just think of the look on your non-running friend’s face when they ask you what your plans are for the weekend and you say something like, “oh, I’m just going to Lansing to be one of the first ever people to Rock the World at a landmark themed 5K obstacle course and then I’m going to break a slip and slide world record. What do you have planned?” HA!
P.S. Don’t forget! If you do want to register for Rock the World, you can get a $10 discount by entering the code Runmom10 at checkout. That’s good for either the Lansing OR the Detroit event. Register here.
P.P.S. I know! I said TWO world record attempts, but I only told you about one. More on the other world record attempt to come…