Posted at: 12/05/2012 8:36 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Roswell’s Salvation Army is working to break the record for longest continuous kettle bell ringing.
Starting on December 11, Ryan Gass plans to ring a bell for 65 hours, breaking last year’s record of 60 hours and 10 minutes.
Friend, co-worker and Salvation Army colleague Jim Ridgway has been training Gass over the past week and will do so until it’s time to start.
“Ryan's been in training at this undisclosed location for a week now,” Ridgway said. “He's got another week to go, and we work him ten hours a day so he's used to staying up all day and all night.”
Gass will be representing not just Roswell, but the state of New Mexico and the Southwest Division of the Salvation Army in his quest to make it almost three days with no sleep, no stopping, just ringing.
“A lot on the line,” Captain Beau Perez of the Roswell Salvation Army said. “But he’s got a secret facility, an excellent coach, and I think other competitors have fine game but I think he will prevail and we’ll bring home another world record for Roswell.”
Perez, Ridgway and Gass said the preparation is fun and so is the idea of breaking a record, but where the money will go is the most important thing.
“The world championship is on the line, but the reason we're really doing this is to clothe the naked, to feed the hungry,” Ridgway said. “That's what the Salvation Army does, that's what they do, that's what they use this money for.”