Six Flags St. Louis Marathon and Contest
Saw this on Facebook the other day and it got me intrigued.
Apparently, Six Flags St. Louis is holding an event where nine teams of twenty four will be competing to ride each of their nine coasters for nine hours, overnight, presumably without break, rotating between each coaster each hour.
They are asking for ages and if you're a season pass holder, so I'm assuming they are going to pair enthusiasts, non-enthusiasts, young and old, etc.
We've all marathoned to some extent, but for nine hours? It'd be interesting to see how the body reacts to different forces and positions all night long.
I was joking on another forum that if it was my home park SFA, I personally don't know if I could handle the hour long treks through Mind Eraser and Apocalypse, especially if they were at the end. That'd be brutal and just plain cruel.
What's your take on this? Would you be able to do it and which parks?
Just imagine if Cedar Point and/or Magic Mountain did one for 16 and 18 hours respectively. That'd be insane.
* This post was modified at 7/18/13 5:04:12 PM *
I'd like to do something like this for the experience/fun, but I'd need more time for breaks. I can tolerate a 10-12hr park day, but that's only if I take it easy by taking in some flat rides and maybe some shows in between.
i can type out the details if anyone is interested
Thanks and I'm glad you had such a good time.
I would freakin love to try! but I'd be weary as forces have started to affect me because of being type 1. Positive G's get to me a lot worse :/ I'd have to test my blood a lot for something like that lol. Also I'd need food!
They're lucky haha. I really feel like I could ride a coaster for incredably long if it weren't for dumb diabetes.
157 Coasters -- Favorite Coaster -- Nitro (SFGAdv)
117 Steel -- 40 Wood -- Home Park: SFGADv
My team (Team Rust or Team Patina as we called it) started at the Mine Train. Next we rode Ninja, Batman, American Thunder, Mr Freeze, The Boss, Pandemonium, Screamin Eagle, and finally Boomerang. We were going strong at 100% through Mr Freeze when the affects of the beatings started to show. We finally lost people on the Boss after 5 or 6 cycles of getting beaten to death. We incurred our only losses here. Our team made it the longest without losing anyone so we were very proud of that. I'm convinced the one two punch of Mr Freeze and the violence of the rough Boss were directly responsible for these losses. No one from our team used vouchers until Mr Freeze and even then only 1 person used 2 because she was puking in the grass at the exit. Puking on the ride would have caused her elimination from the contest. Several other teams had pukers on the rides, Batman and Boomerang being the primary issue for those teams. She collected herself and finished the contest without using another voucher. We had several people sit out NO RIDES and use NO VOUCHERS which in my opinion is incredible. My fiance and our new friend John were 2 of them. I ended up using 2 vouchers on the very last 2 rides of our final ride, Boomerang. The violent jerk at the beginning of the second lift hill churned my stomach too much after all of the other rides. If they can figure that jerk out, Boomerang will be a pretty good ride IMO.
As I said, we tied with Purple Team for having 13 of 16 riders still active at the end. We all won 2014 Season Passes and out of all of us a name was drawn randomly for an all expense paid trip to SF America which a member of my team won. Anyone from any other team that didn't use any vouchers also got a Season Pass which was a bonus as this was not announced or guaranteed. SF was impressed people could do it without vouchers and rewarded them accordingly.
Six Flags did a great job and I'm sure learned a bit during this as well to improve for future events. If they do it again, I will most definitely be there. It was great just walking up to each coaster and not having to wait and getting to experience every seat on the rides.
That's a great explanation of the event. Thanks for writing it.
Was it better or worse to end it all on (a) Boomerang?