Big news this weekend in Santa Monica – a world record has been set! A Los Angeles police officer named Gus Martinez rode the 130-feet tall Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel from 7:30 am on May 31 to 8:30 am on June 1, earning the Guinness Book of World Record title for “Longest Ride on a Theme Park Ride”!! Congratulations! Not only did he set the record, he was doing it for a great cause – the Special Olympics Southern California – and for his son, an athlete in the Special Olympics.
I love Ferris Wheels, but can you imagine riding that thing for 25 hours??! That’s commitment. From the Pacific Park of Santa Monica Pier site:
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier joined Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) and Southern California Law Enforcement in its 25-hour effort to break the current Guinness World Record of 24 hours and 30 minutes. Gus Martinez remained in the Ferris wheel gondola throughout the record-setting period and was periodically joined by Jason, his son and SOSC (Special Olympics Southern California) athlete. Additional family members, friends and law enforcement officers were also riding along and cheering him on each minute of the way. After setting the record, Gus Martinez and his son lit the official Southern California Law Enforcement Torch held by a Santa Monica Law Enforcement Officer and SOSC athlete. The pair ran up the Santa Monica Pier, down Colorado Blvd., onto Main Street to the Santa Monica Police Department where the flame will be kept for the weekend. On Monday, June 4, Law Enforcement Officials will kick-off the Southern California legs of the Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run for SOSC Summer Games.
Congratulations Gus and all of Santa Monica!
It’s a good time (and perfect weather) to get check out the Santa Monica Pier. You may not set any world records, but you can still ride in the Ferris Wheel!!
Come visit us at LA City Tours and we’ll get you set up on a trip to Santa Monica Pier and beaches and fill you in on other things to do! If you’re in Los Angeles on vacation or planning one, come down to our office on Hollywood boulevard for shopping tours, trips to Santa Monica beach, LAX layover, or entire Los Angeles vacation packages. Today is a great day to go! Every day is a great day in southern california, so give us a call or visit LA City Tours if you’re coming anytime soon!