Eighteen men and women lived out a middle schooler's dream last weekend, playing more than 800 consecutive games of dodgeball in a 43-hour span to set a new world record.
The event took place in a town north of Albany, New York, where 18 people from the Halfmoon’s Hometown Dodgeball league gathered for the marathon weekend. The idea was dreamt up by 31-year-old Rob Immel, who founded the league eight years ago and regularly participates in the National Dodgeball League World Championship.
"It's an incredible sport and I want as many people to know about it as possible," Immel told the New York Times. “I obviously love it if I’m motivated to go out and put myself through this for 43 hours."
The previous record was set at Castleton State College in Vermont, where a group played for more than 41 hours.
The 18 participants from Halfmoon's league were divided into two teams, with six players participating in each game. They earned five minute breaks for every hour played, and they stockpiled their first nine breaks to take a 45 minute rest at around 6:30 on Saturday morning.
The participants were kept awake by an incredibly long playlist that blasted from speakers. Most brought multiple pairs of shirts and shoes. When the record was unofficially broken, at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, the players celebrated by popping Champagne.
(H/T to Game On!)