In the last four days, four Colorado Springs pool players have played more than most people will in their lifetimes…but who’s counting.
“We stopped counting last night at 520 games,” said Drew Rieck.
Rieck says he skipped a job interview to be a part of a Guinness World Record for longest consecutive hours of pool played.
“It’s a great opportunity to get better while trying to do something real special,” Rieck said.
Rieck, his partner Keith Pulley, and another team made up of Dave Miles and Shawn Terrell unofficially broke the record of 74 hours and 50 minutes on Monday night at 8:51 P.M. But they’re still shooting for 100 hours.
“I suggested we do 100 hours,” Shawn Terrell said. “Nobody has jumped that far in the last 10 years of our research so hopefully it stands quite awhile.”
Four teams started back on Friday, but two dropped out because the wear and tear.
“The hardest part is all the walking,” Terrell said.
Sore backs, feet and blisters combined with lack of sleep made this more than a marathon.
“You do see double,” Terrell said.
While counting gets harder and harder for the teams, the rules count. Every break, every shot, every make and miss is recorded and witnessed. They have to play a World Billiards Association approved game. They have to play each other, continuously and can’t leave the table except for their breaks.
“For every hour that they do play they get a five minute rest period and those do roll over so they can rest more than five minutes at a time,” said Rachelle Biber, the North American Poolshooters Association of the Rockies president.
It will be months before officials with Guinness confirm the record. In the meantime the teams hope that they will be able to accomplish more by getting donations to several charities. Miles and Terrell are playing for the American Diabetes Association. Rieck and Pulley are playing for Home Front Cares. If you want to donate, click on this link for the NAPA of the Rockies.