At Bellewaerde Park in Belgium, Sam Clauw will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record while raising funds to save the Amur leopard from extinction. The intrepid theme park enthusiast's goal is to spend more than 48 hours on the park's pirate ship ride.
Filmed by surveillance cameras, Sam will climb aboard the ride Tuesday, April 29 in an attempt to break the record for the "longest marathon on a fairground/theme park attraction." The current record holder, Clinton Shepherd, spent 48 hours, 8 minutes and 25 seconds on a ferris wheel in Chicago.
The quirky challenge is all in the name of a good cause. A donation campaign has been launched ahead of the feat, and the proceeds will go to ALTA (Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance), an organization dedicated to protecting the endangered species.
A few months later, from mid-June, Bellewaerde Park will take in a number of Amur leopards as part of an international breeding program aimed at restoring previous population levels. The animals will later be reintroduced into the wild.
To support the initiative with a donation, visit www.bellewaerde.be/en/worldrecord.