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Straphangers Break Record For Fastest Subway System Ride

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In a feat of strength and endurance, two young men trying to break a subway record won their race against time Thursday. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

It was 6:06 am when a very tired Don Badaczewski and Matt Green arrived at the Pelham Bay Park station, otherwise known as the finish line, having successfully circumnavigated the entire subway system in record time: 24 hours, 2 minutes.

"You know, we're pretty proud we did it," said Green. "We really feel a good sense of accomplishment."

The subway odyssey began early Wednesday at the Rockaway Park station and took them through every subway station in the city, sprinting to make transfers, at times with media in tow, subsisting entirely on beef jerky.

"Much more was given away than consumed, because it was not high-quality beef jerky," said Badaczewski.

When it was over, Badaczewski was less interested in the considerable media attention, than in having a transit worker try to find him a bathroom.

Ultimately, Badaczewski and Green's record won't make the Guinness Book, which maintains a subway-riding record but under a different set of rules, where you actually have to stop at every station, not just pass through. But could their well-publicized ride mark the start of a new golden era of competitive subway riding?

"Something is wrong with them," said one straphanger. "I don't want to ride the subway system that long."

"I don't think they're going to be starting a new fad anytime soon," added another.

On the upside, while you have to ride the train, you don't need to do a lot of training.

"I think it's easy," said another rider. "I mean, all you're doing is riding. You're not walking."

Believe it or not, when it was all over, Green and Badaczewski got back on the subway, taking the 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge, the last stop in Manhattan where is curves under the historic City Hall station; something they referred to as a victory lap.

- Bobby Cuza

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