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Oct 29, 2019

Episode 124 brings together some of our favorite things in the sports world: obscure sports facts, bragging rights, and an underdog athlete. Reed McManigal, the pride of Mason City, sits down in a multipart interview with Tim to break down Reed’s pursuit of a Guinness World Record for the fastest 1-mile run while dribbling a basketball. 

Breaking a Guinness World Record is more than just doing something amazing. After deciding that he wanted to set a record, he had to find something he thought he could handle. Searching the Guinness site and focusing on basketball drew his attention to the record held by Colin Shaver who ran a mile while dribbling a basketball in 6 minutes and 58 seconds. Reed started this process in March and had to go through many steps including securing two timers, witnesses, a basketball official, and a track official. Reed is an Iowa product, recently named one of the Des Moines Register’s 40 under 40 in Des Moines, and so naturally his attempt had to take place on the Drake Blue Oval. 

Moonlight Graham has had Olympic champions and athletes who have competed at the highest levels, however part 2 of this interview is the first time Tim has been able to sit down with a Guinness world record holder. Reed takes Tim through his preparation for the run which mostly focused following the Guinness rules leading up to the big day. Reed and his crew took over Drake Stadium on a cold October Sunday morning for his attempt. Tim served as the official videographer to document the attempt. After starting hot in lap one and then trying to find his pace in lap two, Reed was able to shatter Colin Shaver’s record by almost 20 seconds.