May 24, 2016 - 2:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - A new world record for the longest marathon game of lazer tag has been set at Fun & Games in Sahali.
Co-owner Dave Corbette spent nearly 30 hours straight running around the laser tag centre, earning a high score of more than 32,000 points.
It all started when Dave's friend found the current world record, and bet Dave he couldn't do it, his wife and co-owner Bri Corbette says, adding Dave couldn't pass up the challenge, but that's not the only reason they decided to spend a year working on this event.
"Kamloops is the tournament capital, but we wanted to showcase... there's more than just soccer and baseball," Bri says.
Dave spent months training so he could be prepared for the marathon, running up and down the stairs behind Sahali Mall.
The process to make the record official was lengthy as well. Dave wore two GoPros on his body for the whole 24 hours and 30 minutes. He was allowed one five-minute break for every 60 minutes he played, or he could save them up and have multiple breaks in a row.
Bri says the whole night wouldn't have been possible without the help of volunteers. DJs from High Society donated their time to keep the music pumping from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, until the same time Sunday morning.
Dave called it quits shortly after the record was set, with his knees bandaged up and his hand cramped.
In total, the event brought in more than 700 people and $7,000 for the small business, with some of the proceeds going to the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism.
Matthew Poole (left) and Jason Osland (right) started playing lazer tag a few years ago, and wanted to help support Dave and Fun & Games.
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