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36-Hour Colossus Marathon At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 08/03/2014

The 36-hour Colossus Marathon that was announced by Six Flags Magic Mountain last week is finally here! After combing through many applications, the park was able to whittle the list down to just 24 lucky individuals who will ride Colossus for 36 hours straight! Unfortunately, I have to work my day job and won’t be able to cover the entire event in person. However, I’ll be there at the very start, during periodic check-ins throughout, and I’ll be waiting for them at the finish line.

As I did with the ALT 98.7 Colossus event, I’m going to be live blogging from the park whenever I’m there. Keep checking this page for updates and I’ll timestamp my entries so you’ll know when the last update was made. If you’re one of the 24 riders, send me you’re Twitter and/or Instagram name to Kurt@TheCoasterGuy.com so I can monitor your progress and share your tweets and photos.

7:35 am: I just arrived at the park. Let’s do this!

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7:50 am: The final preparations are underway. It looks like they’ll be using the black train for the event:

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8:05 am: It’s going to be a beautiful day for a coaster marathon:

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8:45 am: I’m hanging out with Tony McEwing from Good Day LA on FOX11:

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9:00 am: The train is loaded and they’re ready to go:

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9:15 am: Tony McEwing from FOX’s Good Day LA took the ceremonial first ride of the marathon to kick things off:

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9:35 am: To show my support, I hopped in and took a couple of rides with the group:

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11:30 am: All American Thrills (@ALThrills) flew all the way from Pennsylvania to be in the Colossus Marathon. He’s still smiling after two hours on the ride (photo: All American Thrills):

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12:20 pm: According to a post on Jewels’ Instagram account (@eizon2kx), one of the riders dropped out after the first hour:

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3:50 pm: Five people down, seventeen left. There was only twenty-two at the start. I hoped on at ride 58 to see how everyone was holding up:

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3:55 pm: Jonathan, and his support person Jason, are from San Diego. After over six hours, they’re still having a great time:

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4:00 pm: I sat next to Jewels. She’s started with her brother, but he started to not feel well, so he was the first to drop out. However, he’s still here to support her:

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4:10 pm: I love riding coasters with friends of this site! This is Mike and Michael:

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9:45 pm: Hanging out with Gregg Condon (@Park_Journey):

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Over 12 hours and Jobeth and Matthew are still going strong:

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9:50 pm: Getting instructions from the park on what time to return from break. Some people have been eliminated for returning from break late:

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10:00 pm: Break time! Chris and Nicole are enjoying a little funnel cake snack:

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10:40 pm: Lap 120 with Bryan, Brandon, and Maverick:

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Bryan got cut out of the last pic. Here he is:

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10:50 pm: I’m going home to sleep in a warm, comfy bed. Good luck to all the marathoners as they continue riding through the night:

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7:00 am: I just woke up. <yawn!> I’m being told they are down to seven riders and just passed 200 laps. Wow!! My work schedule prevents me from heading over there this morning to check in with the riders, but I’m going to try and head over this afternoon.
1:20 pm Day 2: There are only six marathoners left:

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1:25 pm Day 2: With only six riders left, they’re starting to let the public fill up the rest of the train:

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1:30 pm Day 2: Nicole is getting a little media love from KNBC TV:

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1:35 pm Day 2: Four of the final six riders – Jobeth, Nicole, Nick, and Michael, enjoying a much needed break. Caesar and Bryan were being interviewed by KNBC:

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1:40 pm Day 2: It’s Bryan’s time to shine in the media’s spotlight:

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1:45 pm Day 2: The Colossus line was out the front of the station as I was leaving:

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1:45 pm Day 2: It sounds like the final six riders are in it for the duration. They’re all very tired, but also determined to win it. They were given absolutely no protein for breakfast after a freezing night on Colossus, just doughnuts and orange juice, so they were pretty weak. One rider said she was fortunate to find some peanut butter M&Ms, while another rider had the foresight to bring his own protein bars. Then they moved over to Apocalypse for three hours while Colossus received its daily inspection. They are all confident that was an intentional ploy to break them. It was an incredibly rough ride, like it had square wheels, and virtually non-stop as it cycled through the station. I think they said they rode it a total of 31 times. Nobody dropped out. After riding Apocalypse, the remaining time on Colossus will be a cake walk.

I’ll be back at the park later tonight to watch them cross the finish line!

8:15 pm Day 2: 35 hours down, one to go! This is Michael getting ready to hop on the last train of the marathon:

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Jobeth changed into something a little more formal for the last hour:

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8:50 pm Day 2: Final couple laps with the final six riders:

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9:00 pm Day 2: This is what it was all about. After 36 hours, this is the very last lap and the riders got to share it with their loved ones there to support them:

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Media frenzy in the station after the final ride of the marathon:

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Nicole with her grandmother, who rode the very last lap with her, and her commemorative piece of Colossus track:

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Nick was able to share the successful conclusion of his journey with his mom:

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Michael’s mom, Jeannine, said she was extremely proud of her son for sticking it out all 36 hours:

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I present to you, the “Colossus Six,” the six riders who went the distance and completed all 36 hours of the Colossus Marathon – Jobeth, Caesar, Nick, Michael, Nicole, and Bryan:

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Congratulations to everyone who attempted doing this! It was no easy feat, and I applaud you all for even trying. Now, go home and get some rest. You earned it!!

 

47 Comments

  1. Nicholas Laschkewitsch

    08/03/2014 at 10:20 pm

    Looking forward to updates!

  2. steve austin

    08/03/2014 at 10:55 pm

    Kurt i was just curious….you said 45 minutes ride time with 15minute break every hour. Can you accumulate those….and say ride 6 straight hours then take an 1-1/2 hour break for example? Also, i hope at least one rider does a close up selfie at the end of each 45 segment to see how their expressions changes by the end..haha

  3. Adam D

    08/03/2014 at 11:58 pm

    Kurt when you are there could you take a look at the old Deja Vu area as I have heard there is some clearing going around there? Also if you could post any noticeable differences in that area.

  4. x2

    08/03/2014 at 11:58 pm

    Ill be there. Cant wait.

  5. enoc garcia

    08/04/2014 at 7:49 am

    on x2 i seen the old seats from superman, we might get one side backwards and the other side forward. what do u think kurt?

    • The Coaster Guy

      08/04/2014 at 11:34 pm

      There is one old Superman car stored under X2. Is that what you’re referring to? I wouldn’t hold your breath on that ever returning to the track.

    • Eric

      08/05/2014 at 12:19 am

      Tim Burkhart has said that the current Superman—Escape From Krypton cars can be operated in either direction. All they have to do in order to have cars going forward or backwards is to turn one of them around.

  6. Makenzie

    08/04/2014 at 9:39 am

    Great__american_coasters on Instagram is there. He’s in the second row red shirt 🙂

  7. Jordan

    08/04/2014 at 11:11 am

    I got selected to go, but sadly couldn’t make it because I couldn’t clear my work schedule. Very very disappointed :/

  8. Ryan O'Neill

    08/04/2014 at 12:40 pm

    When you get a chance, you should look into Cyclone at SFNE. Six Flags closed it down on July 20, in similar fashion to Colossus. In the past few weeks, they’ve been doing construction on it (mostly removing the track while leaving the structure intact). A small Bobcat machine with a RMC logo was also spotted inside the closed-off construction area.
    http://sfneonline.org/2014/08/03/cyclone-construction-update-2/

    The situation with Cyclone “saying farewell” seems too similar to Colossus. While I’m still very skeptical, I find the RMC rumor more believable than ever. Either way, we’ll know by the end of this month.

    • Henry

      08/04/2014 at 5:05 pm

      I’m not sure how open the Colossus area is to the public, but maybe Kurt should look around Colossus to see the marking and try to dissect them.

      • The Coaster Guy

        08/04/2014 at 11:36 pm

        There are no markings to be seen. If there were, I’d be sure to post about it.

    • The Coaster Guy

      08/04/2014 at 11:35 pm

      I follow SFNEOnline’s updates very closely, especially what’s going on with Cyclone.

  9. Looper

    08/04/2014 at 4:29 pm

    I was watching from a different view and when it started all were pumped up waving to all in the parking lot. Good luck to all that remain.

  10. tatsuuuUUU

    08/04/2014 at 8:13 pm

    when are you going to post full throttle ride profile (the ride’s been around for a year now)

    • The Coaster Guy

      08/04/2014 at 11:37 pm

      I know, I know. Shame on me for not getting to that, yet. Trust me, it’s definitely on the to-do list!

  11. Stop messing with Kurt

    08/04/2014 at 8:30 pm

    He has so many Full Throttle articles already on the site. Just do a search. Leave the poor guy alone. He is busy.

  12. Jason

    08/04/2014 at 10:27 pm

    Kurt puts a lot of time and effort into this awesome website, quit complaining about the one thing he has not done and enjoy all he does.

    • The Coaster Guy

      08/04/2014 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you, Jason, but I am way overdue for that profile.

  13. Henry

    08/05/2014 at 4:23 am

    I have a really crazy idea. If SFMM I-Boxed both sides of Colossus, how about they throw in a “high five” element? It’s when the tracks of both turned 90 degrees so the riders can slap hands with the person on the other side.

    If you don’t know what I’m talking about, what this POV and you’ll get the feeling: http://youtu.be/aEKInXE6kU0

  14. Dean Porter

    08/05/2014 at 2:27 pm

    What do they get if they complete it

    • The Coaster Guy

      08/05/2014 at 2:48 pm

      Four Gold 2015 season passes, a t-shirt, and a commemorative piece of the Colossus track. Oh, and MASSIVE bragging rights!!

  15. Produceman James

    08/05/2014 at 3:11 pm

    Major props to all those remaining. Surprised that so many have given up. Hopefully the final six can stick it out.

  16. steve austin

    08/05/2014 at 3:31 pm

    I’m rooting for Jobeth!

  17. JD Ruef

    08/05/2014 at 4:49 pm

    Go Bryan Go!!!!

  18. Dean Porter

    08/05/2014 at 6:09 pm

    Go michael go

  19. Spencer

    08/05/2014 at 7:36 pm

    I’m going to magic mountain tomorrow (July 5th) and was wondering if colossus will be open. I want to ride it one last time.

  20. Scott C.

    08/05/2014 at 8:56 pm

    Glad to see those final six stick it out./

  21. Anne

    08/05/2014 at 9:27 pm

    Congrats to the Colossus 6! #GoMichaelGo

  22. Miklo De La Noche

    08/05/2014 at 9:47 pm

    Wow! A little bittersweet for me to see this but I am very happy for them. I knew they would do it. Especially Michael and Ceaser.

  23. Mitchell

    08/05/2014 at 10:12 pm

    Yup congrats to those who made it. as Miklo said it’s really bittersweet for me as well but am thrilled for the ones who got the opportunity.

  24. Marc Puente

    08/06/2014 at 12:15 am

    Congrats to the final 6!!! Great job! I was there on the first day around 8pm and saw you guys take a few laps. Way to take on a challenge. CoasterGuy, thanks for posting the event.

  25. Spencer

    08/06/2014 at 7:59 am

    Will it be open August 6th ( the day after the 36 hour run)

  26. Francisco O.

    08/06/2014 at 10:52 am

    Unrelated, but is their a bring a friend free pass this week?

    • Ryan O'Neill

      08/06/2014 at 2:01 pm

      My sister works at Waterfront and said that Friday is a Bring-Your-Friend-Free day. I was unable to confirm this on their website though, so I’m not positive.

    • Marc Puente

      08/06/2014 at 6:28 pm

      The benefits page on my membership pass account says friend-free available weekdays from July 29-august 30. I haven’t used it myself as of yet

      • Francisco O.

        08/07/2014 at 8:26 pm

        Alright, Thanks guys!

  27. Bo

    08/06/2014 at 11:54 pm

    Not sure if it means anything, but as I was waiting to ride Colossus for presumably the last time I saw multiple markings on the wood holding the rails right after dispatch. Not sure if they’ve been there before, but I just noticed them. They had numbers in the 400s, but I was unable to snap a picture. I also noticed an employee tearing out what I believe were the brakes from the unused side. Again, not sure what any of that means! Just thought I’d share

    • The Coaster Guy

      08/07/2014 at 7:23 am

      They are starting to remove part of the right-side of Colossus, along the final brake run and transfer track. I wouldn’t read too much into any markings you see. They’re probably old.

      • tatsuuuUUU

        08/08/2014 at 8:15 pm

        just the track or the whole side?!?, if its just the ride then, 100%iron colossus! yay!!!

        • tatsuuuUUU

          08/09/2014 at 3:04 pm

          i meant side, not ride

  28. Clifford Lake

    08/07/2014 at 6:51 am

    That was AWESOME. I hurt now but, for good reason. Darn five seconds. OH well, still got to ride as Caesars supporter. And stuck buy him after too. Put his butt in a hotel, he was seriously considering driving home. What a great bunch of people I met. Pleasure to meet you Kurt

  29. domingo

    08/09/2014 at 12:26 am

    Congratulations to the 6! Loving the pieces of colossuss track they’ve gotten! They should really be proud of thereselves! It’s sad colossus is going away in 7 days :(. I wonder if there going to close goliath and scream during its demolish (hope that dosent happen) or the Iron Colossus!(want to happen)what do you think is going to happen to colossus kurt?

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