ACE Adventure Resort = World Record Holder!
We did it! And we didnâ€™t just break the previous world recordâ€¦we shattered it. On June 3rd, 2012, ACE Adventure Resort sent 183 people down our 204 feet zip line named â€śSunshine Zip.â€ť The previous record held in Germany consisted of 122 zips down a 164 feet zip line. We will have to wait a couple weeks for the record to be reviewed and verified by officials at Guinness, but we already consider it a major success here at ACE.
At Sunday morningâ€™s check-in you could truly feel the excitement and energy of every person involved. We had people arriving as early 6:30 am for our 9:00 am check-in time (you had show up early if you wanted to go down the zip line with a 007 bib…). Once checked in, participants were given a blue commemorative t-shirt while staff members wore the same design in orange. The sea of blue and orange t-shirts was impressive. Later on, many of our friends said they saw folks proudly wearing their shirts all around Fayette County.
Behind the scenes, staff members were moving at break-neck speed. Before participants could even get to the zip line, they had to be geared up at a tent across from the trail. One guide commented that it was like working behind a fashion showâ€” people climbing out of their gear as fast as possible to get the next group of zippers ready to go! It may have looked hectic, but the system got everyone harnessed in and ready to go with plenty of time.
To help work out their nerves and give them a little practice on our zip line tour, participants had to zip through the shorter Mighty Mouse zip line to get to the actual zip line being used for the challenge, Sunshine Zip. Once clipped in and cleared for take off, each person sped through each zip and then was quickly dismounted by trained guides. By the end of the day, the guidesâ€™ arms were bruised and beaten from working so quickly. Iâ€™d say they did a pretty great jobâ€”The average amount of time it took to cross 204 feet of zip line was approximately 20 seconds!
At roughly 1:15 pm the record was broken. Cheers could be heard throughout the impresive1500-acre ACE property. Everyone came together in true West Virginia form for this event and we are so proud. It was a great way for folks from all kinds of backgrounds to come together and work as a team for a common goal. When the final horn buzzed, it was one of those goose bumps all over your body moments. Beyond the hoots and hollers were hugs, smiles and an overwhelming sense of community. We had become a team and will be forever bonded together with the bragging rights to say, â€śIâ€™m a World Record Holder.â€ť