28,318 in 24 hours: Bowling duo Herron, Holloway strike down pins for world record
By Melanie Tucker | (email@example.com)
The bowling duo of Nick Herron and Josh Holloway did what they set out to do over the weekend — break the world’s record for number of pins knocked down by two people in a 24-hour period.
They started at noon on Sunday and when the whistle blew at a little before noon on Monday, they had surpassed the old record of 27,499 pins set a year ago in Kansas. Herron’s and Holloway’s total was 28,318. They had actually beat the record with 45 minutes to spare.
The two took turns down the lane, an hour at a time all day and all night. Nick started the whole thing off. It was his idea to take on this grueling challenge.
Getting the job done
“The first 60 minutes I had 67 strikes and 1,203 points,” Herron said. “I don’t think I matched that after that.”
If you do the math, these two friends had to knock down an average of 1,180 pins per hour.
What a feat.
Herron, 23, is a graduate of Heritage High School and Holloway graduated from William Blount High School. The two were rivals as they battled each other in high school competition. “We were bitter rivals,” Herron said, “but after high school we became good friends.”
It was Holloway who was bowling Monday morning when they matched and surpassed the record.
Herron said it had been his turn, but because Holloway was bowling better than he was, Herron wanted him to break the record. Holloway also finished up the day, throwing strikes to the very end.
The blisters on their hands, swollen arms, numbness and muscle aches told the story of how hard this was. Herron admitted that during the wee hours of the morning, he had doubts about the outcome. “I thought I was in over my head,” he said.
Pushing through pain
The sitting between turns was actually difficult, Heron said, because his whole body would ache after sitting and resting.
When he would get up to take his turn, there was so much soreness, his body didn’t want to respond.
Holloway said it was tough in those early morning hours.
But as soon as the sun came up, he got a second wind. The crowd of family and friends there to cheer them on certainly helped as well.
There were certain things this duo had to do so the Guinness World Book would accept their results. They had to videotape the entire 24 hours, have two witnesses there at all times and also fill out the required paperwork. A pin counter was on hand the entire time, adding them up on his calculator.
The two young men did this to break the record but also to help raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis. Herron’s friend, Josh McCulloch, was diagnosed with the progressive disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems, when he was 18.
The bowlers set up a donation table at Crest Bowling Lanes and also sought donations online. They had raised about $1,000 by noon on Monday.
Herron said he started bowling with his grandfather back in 2002 and became passionate about the game. He bowled his first perfect game back in February.
Even though the two friends passed the record at a little past 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Herron said they wanted to keep going “to make it harder for anyone to break our record.” When asked if he would attempt to break their own record of 28,318, Herron replied without hesitation, “Never.”
“If anyone breaks this record they have to be robots,” Herron surmised.
As the night wore on, Herron said he kept switching to a lower weight bowling ball because his arm was getting so tired. It was strategy that paid off. The vast supply of pizza and water did its part to keep them fueled.
Kim Herron, Nick’s mom, was at Crest Bowling Lanes the entire 24-hour period. She said there was never any doubt in her mind that he and Holloway would make it to the end. “Once Nick sets his mind to something, it’s done,” she said.
At the end of the day, Herron and Holloway were still smiling. They posed for pictures, heard lots of congratulatory remarks and were soon headed for home. “For a hot bath and sleep,” Holloway said.
As for their next challenge, the two friends haven’t come up with a plan.
Holloway joked he was going to decline any more ideas from Herron. But seeing their names in the record book and raising $1,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation made the pain much easier to bear.
McCulloch was there for this monumental feat. He likened these two to super heroes. They are true friends, he said.
All that soreness, numbness, peeling skin and delirium will all be just a distant memory soon.