Pumpkin Boating World Record

When one man couldn’t break the world record for growing the biggest pumpkin, he decided he’d do the next best thing: hollow out a pumpkin and grab a pair of paddles for your average pumpkin boat trip.  You won’t believe how far he made it with his pumpkin.

Rick Swenson, triumphant in his pumpkin. This photograph was taken when he unofficially broke the record at mile 15.2. Mark Peterson/Courtesy of Rick Swenson

Rick Swenson, triumphant in his pumpkin. This photograph was taken when he unofficially broke the record at mile 15.2.
Mark Peterson/Courtesy of Rick Swenson

Per NPR.org,

He planned to go 8 miles, but at the last minute, a text came in.

“I got a text that the record had been broken the previous week in Washington state at 15 miles,” he says. “And that really took the wind out of our sails.” (So to speak.)

So Swenson kept paddling. And, after 13 hours and 40 minutes, he finally hit the 25.6-mile mark.

For the full story from NPR, click here.

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