According to the website, there were 60 participants for Coasting for Kids at Kings Island. Not everyone stayed on the Red Racer all day, but Team TPR kept at it for 55 rides, along with a few others who probably beat us out by just a handful of laps!
Team TPR had a great day and helped raise over $2400 for Give Kids The World. We made sure we earned that money for the kids, though, and stayed on Red Racer almost non-stop from 10AM-noon and then 1PM-530PM.
Pulling out of the station for one of over 50 rides on Red Racer.
Our home for several hours!
We did get an hour break for lunch, which is good, because I was starting to feel a little off. After lunch, I was good to go for the rest of the event!
Hey look! It's not fried chicken and hot dogs!
Our marathon session was helped along by an awesome ride op -- thanks Brian for your enthusiasm and awful jokes!
Kings Island ride op Brian, on Coasting for Kids: "This is my favorite work day of the year!"
We'd add more rides in later, but the marathon ended up with 55 rides for Team TPR -- a total of 35.6 miles on the Red Racer!
Team TPR waits for ride #30... or #40... or #46... or, well, they all kind of meshed together after a while.
In the evening, we had another ride session on the Blue side of Racer, and got to try the infamous water challenge. You get a cup of water at the start of the ride. How much can you keep in the cup by the time you pull back into the station?
My first time ever trying a water challenge on a roller coaster! How did it go?
...not very well, at least on the first attempt!
The aftermath of the water challenge: more water on the seats than in the cups.
After a couple final rides on Red Racer, we headed to Banshee for five night rides before leaving the park.
A rare shot of the entryway with nobody in the picture.
In all, the participants at Kings Island raised over $15,000 for Give Kids The World! This was my first time participating, and it was a great experience. It's for fun, and it's for the kids, and it's a whole lot of coasting.
Thanks to Kings Island, Don Helbig, and the rest of Team TPR for a great day!
Good morning Knott's! Ready to go Coasting For Kids?
Taking a morning stroll over to Coast Rider for our first session of the day. The weather was just about perfect for us in the morning.
Knott's was kind enough to put out this great breakfast spread for us to enjoy in Coasters during our time to ride Coast Rider.
After breakfast, it was time for Team TPR's first rides of the day!
We're looking pretty fresh for having just done 20+ rides on a wild mouse, wouldn't you say?
Afterwards it was group photo time. You can probably figure out where Team TPR is lol
We reduced Jaguar! to one train op for the day guests, but those who asked and learned about what we were doing didn't mind the additional wait at all!
Some Xcelerator goodness while Jaguar! is down? Why not?
After a short downtime, Team TPR was back on Jaguar! and appeared to be having way more fun than the train filled with day guests!
Lunch was set up on the former Windseeker plot. Since it's Knott's, our lunch included Mrs. Knott's Famous Fried Chicken and lots of cold drinks and granola bars. That was perfect since the heat came on during the afternoon. We really felt the love from Knott's throughout the entire day!
After lunch came the long haul on Jaguar! from about 1pm all the way through until 5pm. At least one member of Team TPR was on every cycle for the entire time!
Lift hill porn! Front Seat View of my 60th ride on Jaguar! of the day.
Team TPR still standing after 80+ rides on Jaguar! and 100+ rides overall throughout the day. Way to go Team TPR!
Overall Knott's Team TPR raised a total $2,745 for Give Kids the World. This was my first time and I had a blast. I nearly tripled my record for most coaster rides in one day, and all to help make a difference in the lives of the kids who GKTW supports and their families. How awesome is that? Also can't thank Knott's Berry Farm enough for all they did for us to help support us and make the event possible.
Also I want to thank TPR and Nick for doing a great job facilitating things and everybody here on TPR who donated to my page. I couldn't have been there without all your great support.
To anyone who hasn't done this before but is considering it, DO IT! It's for a great cause and is a great experience. Can't wait to do it all again next year!
Had an awesome day at Valleyfair today with biker6 and Hayley (Congratulations on your outstanding fundraising, by the way) ! It started off with a couple of rides on Wild Thing, then we headed to High Roller and marathoned it for an hour! I think we got 16 rides on High Roller (The chain also stopped! Yay!).
After that, we headed to Wild Thing and I think we got about 16 rides in this, and it was really fun (This was the fastest hour of the day. We were very surprised when the ten minute warning came.). The lift on this also stopped...
Finally, we spent an hour on Renegade! It was pretty bumpy today, but it was manageable. I think we got about 10 rides during this hour. Also, I found out that there is a train with new coushins on it, and it makes the ride A LOT more enjoyable!
Overall, it was a great day! One more thing that was awesome...
Team TPR raised $4,580, over half of what all Valleyfair participants raised!
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