Fellow whootah members Jonathan Hawkins and David Drake has just spend a gruesome 30 hour ride on the Screaming Eagle coaster at Six Flags St. Louis. Read the press release as stolen from the Rebel Yell here:
Six Flags St. Louis celebrated the 30th Birthday of the world-famous Screaming Eagle roller coaster with a 30-Hour Ride-A-Thon on Thursday and Friday, July 20 & 21. Members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, who enjoy the John Allen designed wooden coaster, traveled cross-country to ride the three-quarter of a mile long wood coaster.
From the Southeast Region, veteran GASM marathon finisher David Drake (Hendersonville, NC) was joined by Jonathan Hawkins (Belmont, NC), Mike Kaiser (Chattanooga, TN) and Christopher Keyton (Ft. Oglethorpe, GA). They were among 20 riders willing to help with 30 hours of consecutive riding. Others came from California, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Louisiana, New York and St. Louis.
13 riders finished, including all from the Southeast, and each received a season pass for this year (for those that did not have one) and one for next year, a carrying bag, sunscreen, Eagle shirt, complete set of Six Flags maps in a case, a piece of Eagle Track, Eagle cup, and a badge signifying the event. Chris Keyton also won a grand prize drawing of $1,000.
Congratulations to all the participants, and hurrah to those that finished. If you’d be interested in participating in a similar event, see the next story about an opportunity in Texas.