The most important world record the Ozarks has ever set is the Coolest Place in the World to live record that we just made up, but many other world records have been set here as well. According to Guinness, there are ten World Records that stand today set by people in the Ozarks. Let’s take a look at the amazing feats that put the Ozarks in the record books!
Former Missouri State student-athlete Emily Beaver set the Guinness World Record for the fastest mile jogging while juggling 3 objects. Jogging and juggling at the same time is known by enthusiasts as ‘joggling.’ Beaver finished a mile run while joggling in under 6 minutes! Her official time was 5 minutes, 58 seconds. She completed the record-setting run on the track at Plaster Stadium around the football field on May 15th, 2013. Pretty impressive Emily!
Back when Missouri State was Southwest Missouri State University, a man named Steve Gordon set a very specific record. He rode a unicycle backwards for 68 miles in Springfield! To put that in perspective, that’s like going around the square backwards 448 times! Sounds pretty amazing to us. We don’t think we could find anyone who could ride a unicycle around the square one time!
How pull ups can you do? Now, how many can you do while hoisting yourself up in the air between each one, high enough to clap your hands? Yeah, you’ve got to have some serious upper body strength to do that one time, much less 30 times! Blake Augustine did exactly that in December of 2015 in Neosho. This guy would be a perfect friend to have help you move. He’d probably be able to move the couch himself!
Ripping a closed 1,000-page phone book right down the middle isn’t easy. Doing it 56 times in three minutes is world record territory. Edward Charon did it back in 2006 at the Branson Mall to set the world record that still stands today, according to Guinness.
The largest game of duck, duck, goose involved 2,135 participants at an event organized by the Logan-Rogersville School District at Logan-Rogersville High School in Rogersville, Missouri, USA, on 7 October 2011. The game lasted for 15 minutes, 55 seconds.
Tim Storms can sing. He’s the owner of two world records for his voice. He hit the lowest note ever by a man by hitting a G-7 in March 2012. He’s performed in Branson at the Pierce Arrow. Storms is also the world record holder for the greatest vocal range by a man. Pretty impressive stuff!
Anthony Gatto has held world records in juggling feats many different times. He’s definitely one of the top jugglers in the world. He accomplished something many jugglers had tried by successfully juggling 8 clubs. He also set the record for juggling flaming torches in Branson in 1999, making 8 catches of 9 torches. It’s truly amazing to watch!