Team seeks Guinness record for game

August 22, 2005

CENTERTON, Ark. -- Athletes from the Ingram Futbol Club said they would seek a place in the Guinness Book of World Records after playing soccer for more than 26 consecutive hours during the weekend.

Event coordinator Kathy Schimmeo is preparing to submit documentation to Guinness for verification by the London-based publication. The current record is 25 hours, 35 minutes, set in Berkshire, England, in 2004.

Ingram's two teams, Tyson and Snickers, started Friday night and played for 26:15 in consecutive 45-minute segments. The 35 participants had their playing time scheduled on computerized spreadsheets so everyone had enough food, water and sleep.

"The hardest 45 minutes were the last ones," player Kelly O'Connor said Sunday. "I'm paying for it this morning but I'm really glad I did it.

"We got to about 16 hours and we were tired but at that point we knew we had gotten that far that we had to break the record. There was no way we were going to quit."

The teams raised money for the Ingram Futbol club, which donated $1,000 to the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter, according to Ingram president Joe O'Connor.

"I think we knew in our mind that we would make it, but I started to doubt because they were so tired. But they kept playing and they played beyond [the record]," Schimmeo said. "They're an amazing group of athletes."

Tyson won the game 131-74.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press