Coaster Endurance Race Ends

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

After riding a roller coaster for almost 53 hours, a father of five has won himself a car.

Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Dickson won a two-year lease on a new car Tuesday after outlasting 18 contestants on the historic Twister Two roller coaster at Six Flags Elitch Gardens in Denver.

The competition began Sunday morning with the coaster stopping every three hours for 20 minutes to give contestants a chance to eat or sleep. By this morning, the two remaining contestants were Dickson and 20-year-old Sarah Kim.

Kim decided she'd had enough around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

She and Dickson had taken 861 laps along the wooden tracks, covering some 757 miles.

Dickson walks away with a two-year lease on a 2005 Eclipse Spyder Convertible -- and some impressive bragging rights.

The contest is sponsored by KRFX -- "The Fox 103.5" FM in Denver, Six Flags, and Quality Mitsubishi.


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