UPDATE: Russ Prager completed his challenge overnight, seemingly now a world record holder!
You might call Russ Prager nuts, but he's determined to break a Guiness World's record for a third time. He's been camped-out in a glass house along 49th Street in Clearwater since last Wednesday, and has not stopped playing his drum kit since!
He's in the parking lot of the Quaker Steak n' Lube and you can clearly see him from the roadway. He said honks of support really help keep him going, and more importantly, keep him awake!
The 60-year-old Prager already holds two Guiness World records and this one has him pitted against another drummer trying to pull off the same feat in another part of the country. Prager said, he's going to go beyond his goal, so no one can touch it for a long time!
"It's been amazing how long he's been able to do it! He's been going now, 110 hours, the man is freakin' a machine!" Duck Bekeith, a friend, promoter and radio DJ who's been supporting Prager's efforts.
"You think he's gonna make it all the way, til 3 tomorrow morning?," we asked Prager's friend James Kissling. "Oh yeah, he'll make it, he's in the zone!"
He's been drumming non-stop and he's doing it without air conditioning. He says the gentle breeze from a smaller box fan is actually much better than having cold air blowing on him.
"It helps keep me awake, it's an uncomfortable feeling," said Prager If I get too comfortable, I might pass out!"
Prager gets 30 seconds after each song if he needs to take a restroom break. He's also allotted, according to the Guiness rules, 5 minutes each hour to take a break. Those 5 minute increments can be used separately or all at once, so he's gotten about a 30-minute nap, and that's all the sleep he's had since last Wednesday.
He expects to finish-up around 2:55AM Tuesday, October 1st, at more than 122 hours. "This would beat the record held by Kunto Hartono from Indonesia at 122 Hours and 25 Mins," said Prager. "I do not have a goal in mind I will keep going until I can not go any longer."
Russ Prager and his crew from www.WorldRecordDrummer.com, have teamed up with The American Red Cross to specifically raise money for Disaster Relief.
The Entire event is being lived streamed at www.WorldRecordDrummer.com and you can also click on the live link there, to make a donation to the American Red Cross.
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