UHT Semsales sports club in Châtel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland wanted to do something special to celebrate its 20th birthday so they decided to attempt to break the world record for the Longest marathon playing floorball.
After months of intense training, forty players split into two teams played a match that lasted an incredible 27 hours – breaking the previous record by one hour.
For those who aren’t familiar with the sport, floorball is a variety of floor hockey and is sometimes referred to as unihockey.
Following the Guinness World Records guidelines, the game was played within the official rules of the sport.
If players needed a rest or something to eat they were substituted off, but everyone involved had to be present in the venue throughout the grueling endurance attempt.
When the final whistle was blown, the two teams each had 180 goals and official Guinness World Records adjudicator announced the success of the attempt – a great ending that saw everyone go home a winner.
Miguel Augusto Sobral, one of the UHT Semsales players, commented on his club’s incredible achievement: “This world record was a fantastic adventure and unforgettable, whether personal or collective. We trained in an intensive manner during many months. During each of those trainings, we learned to push our limits.”
“This match was physically tough but not only, because mentally it was a real challenge too. We managed to stay together, unified and solidary in order to reach our goal. We are proud and will keep magnificent memories of this record. We are Officially Amazing!” he added.
Prior to this, the longest marathon playing floorball was 26 hours and was achieved by Lappeenranta University of Technology and Urheilu Koskimies Team (Finland) in Lappeenranta, Finland in 2013.