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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 2, 2006

 

Why Are We Doing This?

On September 14, 1992, six boys set out from Middle Village, Staten Island, Bay Ridge, Manhattan, The Bronx and Secaucus for their first full day of classes as high school freshmen. While their friends next door were still asleep, they were making their way to the school via the Staten Island Ferry, New Jersey Transit and primarily the NYC Subway System. Their average commute was over one hour each way and their final destination was 86th Street on the Lexington Avenue Line.

At 12 and 13 years old, they weren't you average commuters, but over the next four years they got to know the system better than most. Travel for track practice, basketball games and debate tournaments almost always required a subway trip and since only 12 of the 129 graduates in their class called Manhattan home, a trip to a friend's house almost always required a couple of transfers.

From the many hours they rode the system in high school, they developed a love/hate relationship with the subway - at times it felt like they lived below ground, but the breadth of the system allowed them to get almost anywhere in the city for $1.50...well, they actually had student passes that allowed them to ride for free.

Ten years later, the routine hasn't changed dramatically even though the home station has for most of them.  At times they harkened back to freshman year when they heard Bill Amarosa talk about the subway system and about making an attempt at the record, but for most it had faded to black until their ten-year reunion.  Then on June 17, 2006 all the questions Bill received whether he ever made a record attempt re-ignited the passion to set the record. 

 

Inspiration

The idea of an attempt was first hatched by Bill Amarosa who had seen the record in the Guinness World Records.  Bill talked about it since we first met in 1992 as twelve-year-olds, but it wasn't until our ten-year high school reunion on June 17, 2006 that we began serious preparation.

We are not making this attempt as a reaction to Matt Green and Donald Badaczewski's ride on August 23-24, 2006.  In fact, you'll see we registered our domain name six weeks earlier - on July 13, 2006 - in preparation for our attempt.  

Green was quoted in the Metro NY paper as saying, "We want to inspire as many people as possible to do this."  We support that sentiment and encourage people to go after both the passing-all-stations and touching-all-stations records.

As native New Yorkers, we are also proud to return the record to our hometown. The six members of the team represent each of the five boroughs, and will be the first record holders from New York City in decades.

 

The Different Records

The passing-all-stations rules followed by Green / Badaczewski are designed for speed as it allows you to skip stations by taking express trains through stations without stopping.  It also counts multiple stations as one as long as they are connected by a passageway.  This record is now 24 hours and 2 minutes.

The touching-all-stations rules set by Guinness and followed by Kevin Foster require you to stop at every station - there are currently 468 - and you must visit multiple stations even if connected by a passageway.  Riders are allowed to exit the system and re-enter at another point, so long as their means of transportation is by foot or public bus.  This record is now 26 hours and 21 minutes.

 

Our Attempt

Our primary aim is to break the Guinness World Record, so we will be follow those rules, stopping at all 468 stations in the system.  We have requested and received an official list from MTA New York City Transit of all the stations so as to eliminate any question as to which platforms we need to visit at a complex that serves multiple lines.

Though the Guinness rules allow you to exit system, we do agree with the rule that you should not be allowed to exit the system, so we will also remain "below ground" the entire time and will each be using a single-ride Metro Card.  As a side note, we do not think there is a significant time advantage gained by exiting the system and traveling on foot or on bus to re-enter on another line.