New segment coming out

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There's something amazing about watching a world record go down.  Especially in sports, because there's an emotional attachment involved.

 

Whether its swimmer Micheal Phelps, sprinter Usain Bolt, etc., its inspiring to watch greatness.

 

A new segment is ready to inspire the viewers at KARE-11. 

 

Once a month, I will facilitate a special Minnesotan to break or set a world record.  Sounds impossible?  Not really.

 

True, there's nobody around who is as fast as Usain Bolt or as speedy as Michael Phelps, but there are records to be broken by your every-day civilians like you and me.

 

The first record will take place on May 3rd and 4th.  For the original record, Eric Perkins and I will play the longest singles tennis match in history.

 

We will play for more than 36 hours, 36 minutes, and 36 seconds.  This includes a five-minute break each hour.

 

The record will start around noon on May 3rd at Gustavus Adolphus College, and it will go down live during KARE-11's 10 p.m. evening news.

 

The entire event will be carried live on our website.  This tennis match won't be easy, but Eric and I are determined to get it done.

 

Why Gustavus Adolphus?  Other than breaking records, the true point of this new segment is to highlight special Minnesotans.

 

Steve Wilkinson is the legendary tennis coach at Gustavus.  Wilkinson has more conference titles, national titles, and individual titles than he knows what to do with.  He has every coaching record in the books, accept to coach the longest singles tennis match in history.

 

Wilkinson is an inspiration to anyone he's ever met, but now he's inspiring in a new way.  The record breaking coach recently stepped down as head coach to focus on his battle with cancer. 

 

Despite the difficulties that come with a cancer bout, Wilkinson is still heavily involved at Gustavus and with the tennis team.  In fact, he took the students to Australia over the winter.

 

Soon, you'll see what a special human this man is, and he'll do his best to prepare Eric and I for this difficult task.

 

Here's the best part of this new segment, you can make up your own records.  As long as Guinness believes it is a worthy accomplishment, anything is possible.

 

For example, recently a group from Tasmania decided to get 114 waterskiiers behind the same boat at the same time.  Its now a world record.

 

If you have an idea for a new record, or you think you can break an existing record, it can be the feature of this segment.

 

This segment will be humorous, challenging, inspirational, and fun.  I'll be blogging with more information about the segment, how you can get involved, and how the preparation is going for the tennis match.

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