Contact: Bill Amarosa
SIX NEW YORKERS TO
BRING SUBWAY-RIDING RECORD HOME
After a 24-hour
ride, the world record for riding the NYC Subway in the shortest
time will once again belong to native New Yorkers
New York, NY -
December 19, 2006 - On December 28, 2006, a team of six former
classmates representing all five boroughs will embark on the Rapid
Transit Challenge, an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™
for the fastest ride through the entire New York City Subway system
on a single fare. The ride will start at the Rockaway Park station
in Queens at 3:30 PM ET, and end at the 241st Street station in the
Wakefield section of the Bronx between 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM ET on
The current record
time of 26 hours, 21 minutes, 8 seconds requires stopping at every
station in the system. Although the rules provided by Guinness World
Records™ allow exiting the system, the Rapid Transit Challenge
will follow a New York City tradition of riding on a single fare and
not leaving the "paid zone" of the subway during the
attempt. Through an intense six-month planning effort, the team has
created an optimized route that minimizes travel time while stopping
at every station.
The inspiration for
this record attempt began over ten years ago, when the six team
members - Bill Amarosa, Michael Boyle, Brian Brockmeyer, Stefan
Karpinski, Jason Laska and Andrew Weir - were classmates at Regis
High School in New York City.
Using the subway, each
of them commuted to school an average of one hour each way from
Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx and New
Jersey, respectively. Although they talked about the record attempt
during high school, serious preparation began after reminiscing at
their ten-year reunion in June 2006. A successful ride will once
again restore the record to native New Yorkers.
This record attempt is
separate and distinct from the record set on August 23-24, 2006.
That ride, which took 24 hours, 2 minutes, counts multi-station
complexes as one (there are 424 in the system) and also allows
skipping stations by using express trains. The Rapid Transit
Challenge always intended to follow the more time-consuming rules
that count each station in a complex as one (there are 468 in the
system) and requires riding local trains that stop at every station.
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