First Quarter Mile Throw in History at Fort Funston

SAN FRANCISCO--()--July 16, 2003--Six of the world's best flying disc throwers gathered at Fort Funston today to try for a new open throwing record. The existing Guinness World Record of 1,257 feet was held by Scott Zimmerman, throwing an Aerobie flying ring, invented by Stanford Engineering lecturer Alan Adler.

Erin Hemmings of Mendocino, California threw his Aerobie an amazing 1,333 feet. Erin is the first person in history to throw anything over a quarter of a mile. Hemmings had practiced many hours and made two trips from his Mendocino home to Fort Funston to better prepare himself for today's event.

Adler had offered a $1,000 prize for a new world record and was thrilled to witness the achievement. He said, "The winds today were much weaker than they were for the 1986 record. If you had asked me about the chances of a new record one minute earlier, I'd have said that they were extremely slim. Then Hemmings launched the perfect throw -- right along the edge of the cliff. It was beautiful to follow in binoculars, floating along absolutely straight and level. The flight went on for over thirty seconds. It looked like it was levitating."

The distance was measured four times (just to be sure) with a Leica Laser Rangefinder by Rich Neuschaefer, a prominent Bay Area astronomy observer.

Documentation of the new record will be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records. Their category is the world's farthest throw with the unaided arm.

Contacts

Superflight, Inc.
Alan Adler, 650/321-5050
or
Erin Hemmings, 707/937-1020

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Contacts

Superflight, Inc.
Alan Adler, 650/321-5050
or
Erin Hemmings, 707/937-1020