For his world record, Sam Clauw just kept riding and riding. And now he's ridden all the way to victory lane. The Belgian rode his record for the longest marathon on a faiground attraction to a win in last week's Fan Choice, as his 50-hour "Viking Boat" marathon ride garnered the most votes of our competitors.
Sam used the attempt to raise funds and awareness for ALTA, a charity to fight the endangerment of amur leopards and tigers, and now has the people's vote behind him.
Every Friday here, we pick five records recently approved by our expert Records Management Team. We'll give you a little background on each and then ask you to vote for your favorite. The winners from each week, like Sam, will be entered into an end-of-year bracket to determine the Fan Choice record of the year.
This week's list of nominees vying for your vote includes some bodacious bunting and a 60-foot (18 m) oar, but first, who's ready for a cookout?
LONGEST BARBECUE MARATHON BY A TEAM (pictured above)
Record: 29 hr 1 min
Holders: Lee De Villiers and Simon Clark (both UK)
Location: The Old Sergeant pub in Wandsworth, London, UK
That's not all: Just in time for Labor Day weekend in the U.S., a nice, long session on the grill. This South African duo has been manning pubs since moving to the UK 14 years ago, and said it had been a childhood dream to break a record. They were able to use their barbecuing efforts to feed patrons at all hours of the day and night, including local overnight shifts from the fire department and ambulance unit.
LONGEST LINE OF SKIERS
Record: 300 people
Holder: Eikerapen Alpinsenter (Norway)
Location: Eikerapen, Aserol, Norway
That's not all: As summer comes to a close we know only one thing: winter is coming. These skiers are ready for that, having connected themselves with a 450 m (1,476 ft) line from front of line to end down this Norwegian mountainside.
LARGEST HAND PADDLE/OAR
Record: 18.57 m (60 ft 11 in) long by 2.80 m (9 ft 2 in) wide
Holder: Mark Teasdale (Canada)
Location: Parson, British Columbia, Canada
That's not all: Built by local master log home builder Dave Stonehouse, the oar was the brainchild of Teasdale, who owns Columbia Wetlands Adventure, a local business that rents out canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and pedal boats to those navigating the Columbia River. The entirely wooden oar now serves as a tourist attraction, with visitors able to climb it for photos.
LONGEST BUNTING LINE
Record: 12.115 km 83 cm (39,750 ft 1 in)
Holders: Sharon Le Corre and Cragg Vale Community Association (both UK)
Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
That's not all: The more than 7.5 miles of bunting totaled 52,939 individual flags to make up the whole line. As per record rules, all the flags in the line were no wider than 20 cm (7.87 in) and the gap between each one no larger than 5 cm (1.9 in). The line was spread across the Cragg Vale hill to celebrate this year's Tour de France route passing through the town.
LARGEST STEAMED BUN MOSAIC
Record: 11.43 m² (123.03 ft²)
Holders: Earth Family Project Executive Committee (Japan)
Location: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
That's not all: The steamed buns that the mosaic consisted of were pork buns. The attempt was organised as part of an attempt to support the Tohoku region of Japan.
And those are your nominees; time now to cast your vote!
Then check back here next week to see who you've helped crown the latest fan favorite!
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