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Riders Needed For 36-Hour Colossus Marathon At SFMM

By on 07/29/2014

Say goodbye to Colossus in a Colossal way!  Six Flags Magic Mountain is hosting a 36-hour coaster marathon on Colossus and they’re looking for riders. The Colossus marathon will start on Monday, August 4 at 9 a.m. and will end at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail the park at and tell them why you want to be one of the 24 participants in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Each participant will receive a Six Flags 2015 Season Pass. Grand Prize will be four GOLD Passes and extra surprises!

A few key points for the marathon riders:

  • Each hour, riders will ride for 45 minutes with a 15 minute break.  At 3 a.m., the park will move you to the “other” wooden coaster, Apocalypse, for three hours while Colossus receives its regularly-scheduled maintenance. At 6 a.m., you’ll be back on Colossus to finish the marathon.
  • Riders will be required to sign a medical waiver. If rider is under 18 years old, support person must be a parent or guardian and will be required to sign the medical waiver on the rider’s behalf.
  • The park will provide regularly-scheduled meals to the riders throughout the marathon. Any special dietary needs are the responsibility of the rider and will be allowed to be brought in.
  • Each participant is allowed to bring one “support” person. This person will be asked to wait in an area next to the ride and will be available to supply their marathon rider with any additional food and drink throughout the duration of the marathon.
  • Marathon riders will be encouraged to document their marathon experience on social media during the 36 hours. Prizes will be awarded for best posts during the event.
  • Additional information will be provided to riders by the park in a follow up e-mail.

Good luck to everyone who applies!


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  2. Miklo de la Noche

    07/29/2014 at 1:15 pm

    When is the deadline for entries?

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/29/2014 at 1:54 pm

      Not sure what the deadline is, but I’d get your entries in sooner rather than later!

  3. Scott C.

    07/29/2014 at 1:46 pm

    Are you going to do it Kurt?
    I know I could not do any coaster for that long….well, maybe Medusa @SFDK, but that’s it 🙂

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/29/2014 at 1:52 pm

      OMG…no way! I’m too old. I rode it like 5-6x the other night, over the course of a couple of hours, and I was good. No way I could marathon it, or any coaster for that matter.

      • Henry

        07/30/2014 at 4:56 am

        I had 2 hours ERT on Maverick at Cedar Point during Coaster Campout and had about 17 laps on it. I would be willing to marathon Colossus, but I’m on the east coast. How rough is Colossus?

        • The Coaster Guy

          07/30/2014 at 7:03 am

          For a 36 year old coaster that hasn’t had much work done, it’s not that bad. It’s definitely not as smooth as a steel coaster, but there are a lot worse wooden coasters out there.

          • Dane

            07/31/2014 at 8:16 pm

            It’s bad enough though where it would be easy enought to get a headache on it especially for that long

  4. Misael

    07/29/2014 at 1:47 pm

    Well, I applied hopefully I get selected.

  5. Michael Mountain

    07/29/2014 at 2:11 pm

    Do you think that the support person is able to do the marathon

  6. Matthew romine

    07/29/2014 at 2:29 pm

    Im doing it kurt i see it as a opportunity to get my blog off the ground i hope god favors me and get picked

  7. Nicole Bailey

    07/29/2014 at 2:39 pm

    Do you have any idea when the winners will be picked?

  8. James

    07/29/2014 at 2:47 pm

    Why are the doing this? Isn’t 24 hours good enough? I don’t think I could do this…

  9. The Coaster Guy

    07/29/2014 at 3:24 pm

    A couple of answers from the park to questions that are coming in: 1) The park will select the riders and start contacting them tomorrow, and 2) The support person cannot ride. They need to be available to assist their rider.

  10. Eric

    07/29/2014 at 3:29 pm

    This sounds really tempting, but I think I’m going to sit it out. At 55 and in not-so-great health, I’d better skip it. 🙁

  11. Looper

    07/29/2014 at 3:42 pm

    Looks weird it has mailing for gmail account

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/29/2014 at 3:45 pm

      I think they do that so they can get a somewhat unique email address very quickly w/o having to jump through hoops to get corporate IT to make a vanity address.

  12. Justin G

    07/29/2014 at 6:05 pm

    I couldn’t do four hours of Colossus last Saturday night, I can’t even imagine what 36 hours of Colossus would be like.

    Though, if they ever do a marathon for Tatsu, sign me up!

  13. Matthew romine

    07/29/2014 at 7:02 pm

    if you think you guys can keep up with me read my comment in my facebook page clearly some of you are not as young as you used to be so I suggest you sit this one out and leave the riding to me because Colossus has and always will be my baby

    • Scott C.

      07/29/2014 at 7:04 pm

      Go for it dude 🙂

  14. Produceman James

    07/29/2014 at 8:02 pm

    If only I’ve had a little more notice I could’ve taken time off from work lol. Sounds like fun

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/29/2014 at 8:32 pm

      Sorry. I only got the details from the park about 15 minutes before posting that.

  15. Candice Hargrove

    07/29/2014 at 9:29 pm

    I’M SO DOWN!!!!!! I hope they pick me 😉

  16. steve austin

    07/29/2014 at 10:01 pm

    will they have both sides open for this?

  17. Mitchell

    07/29/2014 at 10:58 pm

    well, decided to give it a go hope I get in! sent in my application!

  18. Michael Ochs

    07/30/2014 at 12:03 am

    This sounds fun and exciting, but even for us teens, that is too much. -__- but I wish the best of luck to anyone doing this.

  19. Grayson King

    07/30/2014 at 2:15 am

    So my birthday is August 4th and I’d love to dedicate my birthday day to this. Can I?

  20. M. Smith

    07/30/2014 at 7:41 am

    Where is this listed on SFMM web site? I cant seem to find it anywhere.

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/30/2014 at 7:49 am

      It’s not. As a social media event, they are only spreading the word via a few select web sites that cover the park.

  21. Andrew the Epic

    07/30/2014 at 10:56 am

    Nooooo!!! I’m gonna be on vacation! I was hoping I could be there to give Colossus a respectable farewell. Oh well, I hope the riders do well!

  22. Michael Mountain

    07/30/2014 at 6:38 pm

    I was wondering if anyone has received an email from the park with a set of 3 questions? Or if anyone has been chosen yet?

    • Bryan R

      07/30/2014 at 7:48 pm

      I received the three questions, nothing after it though. Glad I am not the only one without a reply back! Haha.

    • Mitchell

      07/30/2014 at 8:24 pm

      I haven’t gotten anything back from them yet. Guess by this point I wasn’t one of the lucky few. Did you get an e-mail?

      • Michael Mountain

        07/30/2014 at 8:29 pm

        Well kind of, I have only received an email asking if a parent could sign off for me and if I was a resident of Southern California. It also asked if I was an employee. No formal letter though. It seems odd

    • Miklo De La Noche

      07/31/2014 at 8:23 am

      I got the email with the 3 questions too but that’s it. Nothing after that.

  23. Mitchell

    07/30/2014 at 8:41 pm

    yeah was thinking it was kinda weird to begin with using a @gmail adress instead of @sixflags, best of luck though hope it turns out to be real and you get to do it!

    • Michael Mountain

      07/30/2014 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks dude! Hey maybe you’ll win too because I don’t even know if the winning email was sent. TheCoasterGuy, have you heard anything?

  24. Christopher Rosa

    07/31/2014 at 12:10 pm

    Well, I saw this and just had to try to be a part of it. Luckily, I was one of those selected to compete this Monday. I couldn’t be more excited.

    • Scott C.

      07/31/2014 at 12:59 pm

      Fantastic! Be sure to post again afterwards and tell us how it was.

  25. Jerry Peraza

    07/31/2014 at 1:00 pm

    Always enjoy the six flags trip reports on my Facebook news feed then this flew right by. I signed up not giving it much thought and was selected today! I will definitely be sharing my experience on my social media if anyone is interested!

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/31/2014 at 1:03 pm

      Absolutely, Jerry! We’ll all be following all of you on this journey! 🙂

      • Michael Mountain

        07/31/2014 at 1:16 pm

        I was selected too! I was wondering if all of the people of thecoasterguy who won could meet up at the event and possibly write a trip report? If that’s ok anyways

        • Christopher Rosa

          07/31/2014 at 1:39 pm

          That sounds like a great idea! I’m gonna bring my camera for sure.

        • The Coaster Guy

          07/31/2014 at 1:47 pm

          Great idea…I’d love to do that! Let me see what I can come up with.

  26. Matthew romine

    07/31/2014 at 5:56 pm

    i was selected but low and behold my phones outta service right now but i will upload pics the night of the 5 after i get home

  27. Matthew romine

    07/31/2014 at 5:58 pm

    but they said ipods are allowed so im building a playlist for the event old school rock fits this monster perfectly

  28. Josy

    07/31/2014 at 6:11 pm

    I got selected o.o Now to find a support person xD

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  30. Andrew

    08/01/2014 at 7:30 am

    What does this mean for while the park is open on those two days? Is Colossus closed? Only running one train? Yesterday I saw a newly assembled train on the transfer track, so they may be trying to run 3 trains.

    • The Coaster Guy

      08/01/2014 at 8:02 am

      They only have two trains. I suspect one will be dedicated to the marathon and the other one will be for the public.

  31. Kristen

    08/02/2014 at 2:58 am

    when did this close? I only saw the announcement 6 hours into it and tried to submit my application, but got an email saying they are not accepting anymore applications. so sad sauce because it was a long, heartfelt request! my heart is crushed about colossus! has the park said when they will announce what exactly is going to happen on the 16th?

    • M. Smith

      08/02/2014 at 10:30 am

      From their e-mail: August 16 is National Roller Coaster Day, and with 19 thrilling coasters, we’ve got a lot to celebrate. This special event will be your last day to ride our classic wooden coaster, Colossus. Every rider who rides the legendary beast will receive a free “I was the last to ride the classic woodie” button to proudly show off. Don’t miss your chance to be one of the final riders on the King of Wooden Coasters.

      ***A free woodie button? Nah, I’ll be going instead to ride Desperado (Buffalo Bills Casino, Primm, NV) — they give free rides on National Roller Coaster Day.***

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  33. M. Smith

    08/05/2014 at 4:01 pm

    okay, just found out, it wont be free this year (probably cause its a Saturday), but they are offering two for one rides.

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