48 Hours on Ferris Wheel Good for New Guinness Record

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 20, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

48 hours on ferris wheel: Clinton Shepard, operations manager at Navy Pier in Chicago, set a new Guinness World Record.

Sheperard spent 48 hours in a gondola on a ferris wheel at the pier, beating the previous record of 25 hours.

Shepard stayed awake in the outfitted gondola through different techniques, including playing video games with friends, watching James Bond and Batman movies, and lots of Mountain Dew.

“It was a very overwhelming experience,” Shepard told the Chicago Sun-Times after he finished.

Guinness let Shepard have a five-minute break every hour, and local restaurants brought food for him throughout the ride.

“Once I realized Navy Pier, my friends, my family and the city of Chicago had my back and wanted me to complete this, it became easy,” he said. “I was thrilled and honored to be able to have all the love and support I did.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.