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Trying to set a road hockey world record

Forty players are looking to set a new Guinness world record for the longest outdoor road hockey game. If all goes according to plan, the record will be set Tuesday evening after playing 105 hours and 17 minutes. - Tyson Taylor Photo
Forty players are looking to set a new Guinness world record for the longest outdoor road hockey game. If all goes according to plan, the record will be set Tuesday evening after playing 105 hours and 17 minutes.
— image credit: Tyson Taylor Photo

105 hours and 17 minutes: that’s the mark 40 players are looking to pass in Nanaimo to beat the Guinness world record for the longest outdoor road hockey game.

The attempt at the record, which started Friday morning at 8 a.m. should finish after 5:17 Tuesday evening, if all goes according to plan.

Playing straight through the heat and all through the night, the players are rotating in two-hour shifts, giving them time to rest in between hitting the pavement to resume play.

Tali Campbell, recently named the new community relations manager for the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals, has been looking to make this event happen for the past few years and is happy to finally see it all come together.

“It was something that a couple of guys who were with this group tried to do a few years ago,” Campbell said.

“They moved on and when I took over from them, I wanted to try and see it through, see if we could make it happen. I’m happy that all the hard work that everyone has put in to make this event happen is paying off.”

Anyone looking to support the players on their quest to write a new Guinness record can catch them in action in Nanaimo beside the Nanaimo Curling Rink in Bowen Park.

“These people who are all out here are great people,” Campbell said. “The people playing, the volunteers, everyone who’s come down to cheer us on, it’s been real great so far. We’re hoping to reach that mark on Tuesday and be part of a new record.”

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