Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Woodside man answers the lunging call

Watch Holbrook Call go for the record Saturday

Woodside resident Holbrook Call, 31, will be trying to break a Guinness Book of World Records Saturday morning, June 28, on the Wood River Middle School track in Hailey.

The event is lunging, which basically means taking a stride and touching your knee to the ground with each stride. You can't use your arms to boost yourself up. It's all in the legs.

Call will try to lunge for a full mile in an attempt to break the GWR "Fastest Lunge Mile," record of 30 minutes and 50 seconds set Oct. 27, 2002 by Ashrita Furman of the U.S. at The Sport Park in Neufahrn, Germany. Call has done the lunge mile it in about 26 minutes, so his chances are good.

The world record attempt by the Star Valley, Wyo. native begins about 8 a.m. Saturday.

A Woodside resident for about six months, Call and his wife Irene moved to Hailey from St. George, Utah in December 2007. The couple, who met while running cross country for the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, have four children ranging in age from two to nine years. Holbrook Call works for Thermal Temp Heating and Air Conditioning.

Call qualified for April's U.S. Olympic Men's Marathon trials in New York City with a 26.2-mile finishing time of 2.16:00 at last September's Top of Utah marathon run. But he got sick for the Olympic Trials.

He is toying with the idea of trying to break other Guinness world records including being able to run a 13.1-mile half marathon with 40 pounds on his back. But right now he's focusing on lunging a mile.

To qualify his final time Saturday, he will need to send in a video of his achievement and have the attempt judged by two people, his wife Irene said.

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