The Marathon 2007

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Current Record Time
10 hours and 11 minutes
Set on 1st October 2007

After an aborted attempt on 30th September, due to Linea 4 being closed for the day, I completed the entire Mexico City metro network on 1st October. The photograph above is from San Lazaro, perhaps the most architecturally impressive station in the network.

In the end I raised a total of US$140 for Wildcoast, and got a nice letter from them.

Dear Gary:

Thank you so much for your support and raising $140 for Wildcoast. I enjoyed
your about your world record attempt. We appreciate you spreading the word
about the work of WiLDCOAST to protect coastal ecosystems and wildlife and
to make sure that the wonderful ocean animals of Mexico--like sea turtles
can remain in the ocean.

We are hosting an event in Mexico City with El Santo in December and we'll
make sure that you get an invite!!!

Cheers and all the best for the Holidays!

Photos of all the interchange and terminal stations visited during my Metro Marathon.


Rick Rivers said...

Gary: Wow, your're brave. All I recall of the metro was the crowds shoving to get out of a car, and the crowds shoving to get in and us caught in the see-saw battle!

Henry Throop said...

Awesome record! Do you have a map of the actual tour you took? There are a huge number of different paths you could have taken -- how did you choose to optimize the route?

Gary Denness said...

Henry, I must confess little effort went into optimising the route. I chose convenience over everything else. As the only person to have ever done the Mx City metro, I just had to finish to 'claim' the record.

The route I took started at Taxquena. I went up to Chabacano, and then I basically did all the lines in counter clockwise order. Finishing, of course, at Chabacano.

Gary Denness said...

Rick, I must have missed your comment. The metro does get crowded at peak hours, but I started at 9am to miss the worst of it!

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