Baseball fans hit ultimate home run as 100-hour game claims marathon record

By Vicki Newman
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A group of baseball fans hit an epic home run when they broke the record for the longest marathon playing baseball.

60 players from in and around Kansas City, USA, joined together for the EndlessGame – which lasted an astonishing 100 hours and 1 minute.

Their marathon game at Macken Park in North Kansas City, Missouri, saw them beat the previous record of 83 hours 13 minutes set in Canada in 2019.

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The EndlessGame commenced at 8 a.m. on 31 August and kept going until 12:01 p.m. on 4 September.

Participants were split into two teams – Team Courage and Team Strength – with the former claiming victory with 468 points to 307.

Each team was made up of 30 players who would swap out for rest breaks throughout the attempt.

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Everyone stayed on-site for the whole five days, with a camp set up near the field for players to grab something to eat and a well-deserved power nap.

The camp was run by family members of the players who were there every step of the way to offer support.

42 umpires were also on hand to oversee the game in teams of three in four-hour shifts.

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And 35 witnesses kept score throughout the marathon game.

Naturally, the game slowed down a little towards the end, with players finding themselves exhausted, but they pushed through to pass their goal of 100 hours.

The EndlessGame Foundation was formed with two goals in mind: beating the record and raising funds for worthy causes.

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And despite a few injuries along the way, including broken ribs, a player taking a ball to the face, and some struggling through the heat, more than $32,000 was raised.

The money will be split between Operation Breakthrough, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Veteran’s Community Project, Gift of Life, C You in the Major Leagues, and the North Kansas City Parks & Recreation Animal Shelter.

Scott Reinardy, Chair of the EndlessGame Foundation, said: “We wanted to do some good while playing the game we love. 

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All the players have a personal connection to the game, and to the charities. Setting the record is nice, but the money we raise for the charities can change lives.

Anyone who wishes to add to the pot can make a donation at https://endlessgame.org/

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