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article image78-year-old sets record, rides roller coaster 90 times

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 17, 2010 in Entertainment
West Mifflin - A 78-year-old man rode a Pittsburgh-area roller coaster 90 times in one day - bringing his lifetime total to 4,000 rides. Vic Kleman spent about five hours on the Jack Rabbit roller coaster at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.
Kleman choice of coasters, the Jack Rabbit, was built in 1920 by John Miller and the Harry Baker Coaster Manufacturing Company. It has a been a favorite for young and old since 1921 when it carried it's first passengers.
The Jack Rabbit is a 'woodie', and all wood double-back and out terrain coaster that boasts a seventy foot double-dip drop and heights of forty feet with a track link over 2100 feet long.
The coaster is celebrating it's ninetieth birthday and Kleman chose Sunday to take ninety rides to commemorate the birthday and to reach his personal goal of 4,000 rides on this wooden wonder. Kleman claims to have ridden the roller coaster twenty times per visit since 1959.
"It's fun. I'm not trying to break any records or anything," said Kleman. "It's just fun," he told KDKA.
Kleman says he never got bored on his record setting journey."Every other ride, then there was someone new [who] came on. And, you know, we talked about that," said Kleman. "So, it goes faster than you think."
Kleman, who lives in nearby Knoxville, Pa., is a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
Kennywood is home to the famous roller coaster that takes one minute, 15 seconds to ride, (1:15) start to finish. Multiple that by 90 trips on the Jack Rabbit and you have yourself a roller coaster riding record.
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