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6 survive the night on Colossus marathon

With six hours to go, weary coaster riders say they won't give up

Posted: August 5, 2014 4:22 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2014 4:22 p.m.
Bryan Ruef takes a short rest during a brief pause in the Colossus 36-hour marathon ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The event ends at 9 p.m. today. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze  Bryan Ruef takes a short rest during a brief pause in the Colossus 36-hour marathon ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The event ends at 9 p.m. today. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze 
Bryan Ruef takes a short rest during a brief pause in the Colossus 36-hour marathon ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The event ends at 9 p.m. today. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze 
Nick Inglis, left, and Michael Mountain, right, take advantage of the shade and a pause in the action as they near 300 cycles on board Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus roller coaster during a 36-hour marathon ride. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.  Nick Inglis, left, and Michael Mountain, right, take advantage of the shade and a pause in the action as they near 300 cycles on board Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus roller coaster during a 36-hour marathon ride. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. 
Nick Inglis, left, and Michael Mountain, right, take advantage of the shade and a pause in the action as they near 300 cycles on board Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus roller coaster during a 36-hour marathon ride. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. 
The final six riders are still all smiles as they take the first drop on Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus on Tuesday, entering the final six hours of a 36-hour marathon roller coaster ride that ends at 9 p.m. today. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze  The final six riders are still all smiles as they take the first drop on Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus on Tuesday, entering the final six hours of a 36-hour marathon roller coaster ride that ends at 9 p.m. today. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze 
The final six riders are still all smiles as they take the first drop on Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus on Tuesday, entering the final six hours of a 36-hour marathon roller coaster ride that ends at 9 p.m. today. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze 
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Just six riders remain in the Six Flag Magic Mountain Colossus marathon.

As of 3 p.m. today, those six riders had clocked just over 30 hours on the wooden roller coaster and had completed about 300 rides, averaging between six and eight cycles per hour.

“I’m feeling very tired and excited that it’s almost over with,” said Bryan Ruef of Mission Viejo. Ruef was one of four men and two women left on the ride with six hours left to go.

Twenty-four riders began the marathon Monday morning.

Scheduled maintenance took place on Colossus last night, and riders were shifted to Magic Mountain’s Apocolypse roller coaster for three hours to give Colossus, which has been operating for 36 seasons, a break, a theme park spokesman said.

Everyone still left at 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening will receive season Gold Passes to all Six Flags parks, which includes special Bring-A-Friend passes and parking.

None of the remaining six plan to quit now, they said.

“There’s really no reason (to quit) now. We’ve already battled through everything else,” said Jo Beth Wagner.

 

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