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August 1, 2014

100-Millionth Rider Boards The Racer at Kings Island

Article written by:
Eric Gieszl, Editor

Mason, OH — Once one of the biggest roller coasters in the world, The Racer at Kings Island near Cincinnati, delivered its 100 millionth ride Friday.

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.

Angela Marshall, 100 millionth rider, The Racer roller coaster, Kings Island
Kings Island recognizes the 100 millionth rider on The Racer roller coaster. Angela Marshall of Chattanooga was the lucky 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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