August 1, 2014
Angela Marshall of Chattanooga, Tennessee received a prize pack from the amusement park that included a Racer theme T-shirt, 2015 VIP tour for eight and a large sign proclaiming her as the coaster's 100 millionth rider.
When it debuted at Kings Island on April 29, 1972, The Racer, a dual-tracked wooden coaster was one of the world's biggest, each track rising 88-feet high and spanning 3,415 feet. Trains on each track race each other and reach a top speed of 53 miles-per-hour.
The Racer is significant since it is credited with starting a roller coaster building boom. Similar coasters followed like Rebel Yell (1975) at Kings Dominion and Thunder Road (1976) at Carowinds. The coaster also made a notable appearance in the "Cincinnati Kids" episode of television's The Brady Bunch, filmed at Kings Island in 1973.
The Racer is now the first attraction in Kings Island's 42-year history to give 100 million rides. The next closest ride is the K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad at 51 million rides given.
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