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Record-setting Washington

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Awards & Achievements

Guinness World Records celebrated its 60th anniversary Aug 27, 2015. To celebrate, we dipped into the record book to find a few interesting achievements that were set locally.  We arranged our picks in chronological order, saving our favorite for last.

This is just a sampling; not a complete list.  Guinness documents many, many more.  They keep them up-to-date, too.  We won’t.  In other words, we’ll leave record-keeping to the experts!

A SAMPLING OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS RELATING TO WASHINGTON

Largest volcanic mudflow.  The 0.72 cubic miles of debris in the Osceola Mudflow thundered down Mt Rainier at 56 mph in approximately 3600 BC.

Heaviest man.  Brower Minnoch (1941-83) checked into University Hospital in Seattle weighing an estimated 1,400 pounds in 1978.

Most fish caught with 1 hand in 30 seconds. Is there any doubt that this record is owned by Pike Place Market employees?  Justin Hall caught 22 salmon (4-6 pounds each) thrown by Jaison Scott, Feb 23, 2002.  Yes, they were from Pike Place, but they set the record at a special Guinness event in Germany.

Longest time spent on a see-saw. Brandi Carbee & Natalie Svenvold continuously rode a teeter-totter for 75 hours, 10 minutes, at the Puyallup Fair, Sep 11-14, 2004.

Oldest solo parachute jump. Milburn Hart, age 96, jumped at Bremerton National Airport, Feb 18, 2005.

Largest school reunion. 3,299 former students of Stadium High School gathered in Tacoma, Sep 16, 2006.

Oldest American football player. Paul Morton was 67 years old when he played the 2008 season with Spokane’s semi-pro Stateline Miners.

Fastest marathon run dressed as Elvis.  Ian Sharman finished the Seattle Marathon in 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 52 seconds on Nov 29, 2009.

Highest score on Pac-Man Championship Edition. Chris Zupan scored 451,660 points in Tacoma, June 9, 2010.

Fastest time to peel 50 pounds of onions. Bob Blumer of Canada peeled 31 onions in 2 minutes, 39 seconds at the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival on July 18, 2010.

Longest line of rubber ducks. Cozi assembled 17,782 rubber ducks in a line more than a mile long at Seattle’s Magnusson Park.

Longest marble run. Students at Wenatchee High School constructed a marble ramp device that let a marble roll 1,716 feet, 11 inches in April, 2012.

Fastest half-marathon run while pushing a stroller.  (Note: Guinness uses the word pram.) Travis Boyd ran the Heroes Half-Marathon in Everett in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 50 seconds pushing his 1 year old daughter Julia on Apr 28, 2013.  Boyd not only set the stroller-pushing half-marathon world record, but he actually won the whole half-marathon event against non-pram-pushing competitors and set the course record, too.

DATA SOURCE: Guinness World Records

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