Chicago man sets world record for longest Ferris wheel ride

Visitors ride on the Ferris Wheel and Wave Swinger at Chicago’s nearly century-old Navy Pier. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

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A manager of Chicago’s Navy Pier rode the tourist spot’s Ferris wheel for more than two days (384 times, up and around). bringing the world record for the longest ride to the birthplace of the amusement park favorite.

“I thought Chicago should have that title,” Clinton Shepherd said after finishing his record-breaking ride. Shepherd, the park operations manager, spent 48 hours, 8 minutes and 25 seconds riding Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel.

The first Ferris wheel was built in 1893 in Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Guinness World Records allowed him to have one five-minute break each hour. He played videogames to stay awake during the ride, and watched James Bond and Batman movies. His gondola on the wheel was outfitted with a big-screen TV, cushions and curtains. Supporters followed him on Twitter.

A video camera recorded the feat while volunteer timekeepers documented his activities.

Fans could join Shepherd for a spin by making a donation to the USO. Shepherd’s girlfriend rode with him for a candlelight anniversary din- ner.

Shepherd, 32, called his adventure “a very overwhelming experience.”

The previous record was 30 hours and 35 seconds.