Hula Hoop World Records


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Hula Hoop Marathon Record


Note: We do not know any age-class records. So please do not ask for them. There is only one "general" record without age-class restrictions. Please note that rules 9 and 10 (see below) apply.

The Rules


(If you want to break a record that is published in a record book or governed by an international authorithy, there may be other or additional rules. See here for more information.)

  1. The record is for continuous revolution of a hula hoop.
  2. A standard size and weight hula hoop must be used.
  3. The hoop must be revolved between the shoulders and hips.
  4. If the hoop passes above the shoulders the attempt is ended.
  5. If the hoop passes below the hips the competitor has 30 seconds in which to try to recover it without using his/her hands or arms. If the hoop is not revolving above the hips within 30 seconds the attempt is ended.
  6. If the hoop passes below the knees and/or touches the ground, the attempt is ended.
  7. Once the hoop has begun to spin the hands of the competitor must not touch the hoop. If the challenger touches the hoop with his/her hands, the attempt is ended.
  8. Rest breaks of 5 minutes per hour are allowed. (Note: This rule has been changed; in previous years, this was a non-stop category)
  9. No person under the age of 14 may compete.
  10. Persons aged between 14 and 18 must, before competition, be in possession of a document signed by their parent or legal guardian, giving them permission to compete. This document must be added to the log book and witnessed before the attempt has started.
  11. A fully-qualified practising member of the medical profession must be present at all times watching the attempt.
  12. The entire attempt must be filmed on audio video.

The Records

10:47 hrs Mary Jane Freeze (USA)
(aged 8)
19 August 1976
24:30 hrs Christa Tybus (Great Britain) 10-11 June 1978
54 hrs Kym Coberly (USA) 7-9 October 1978
60 hrs Tonya Lynn Mistal (USA) 27-29 July 1983
72 hrs Kym Coberly (USA) 17-20 October 1984
74:54 hrs
Aaron Hibbs (USA) VIDEOS
22-25 October 2009
Unverified claims:
88 hrs by Tonya Lynn Mistal (USA) 9-14 July 1986
90 hrs by Roxann Rose (USA) 2-6 April 1987


The most hoops twirling at once, from a dead start

The Rules

(If you want to break a record that is published in a record book or governed by an international authorithy, there may be other or additional rules. See here for more information.)
  1. This record is for the greatest number of hula-hoops that can be spun by an individual simultaneously.
  2. Standard size and weight hula-hoops should be used for the attempt.
  3. The person attempting the record must hold all of the hula-hoops without assistance.
  4. He/she must be able to sustain a minimum of three full revolutions with all of the hoops remaining between shoulders and hips.
  5. The person making the attempt/item should be given, along with the date and place.

World Records

58 Connie Baker (USA) April 1975
62 Jo Ann Barnes (USA) 3 October 1976
63 Peter Hernandez (USA) 1 April 1979
75 William K. ("Chico") Johnson (USA) 7 April 1982
81 William K. ("Chico") Johnson (USA) 19 September 1983
82 Reneé Pilz (Germany) 3 September 1994
83
83
Anja Müller (Germany)
Cia Grangér (Finland)
1998
25 October 1999
85 Katja Lange (Germany) 6 January 2001
90 Katja Lange (Germany) 10 April 2002
95 Yana Rodinova (Great Britain) 8 April 2003
99
Aleysa Goulevich (Belarus)
26 April 2004
100
Kareena Oates (Australia)
4 June 2005
101
Alesya Goulevich (Belarus)
11 June 2006
105
Jin Linlin (China)
28 Oct 2007
107
Alesya Goulevich (Belarus) VIDEO
15 June 2009
132
Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair (USA) VIDEO
12 November 2009

Lori Lynn Lomeli (USA) spun 82 hoops simultaneously on 5 Aug 1999 and 83 hoops on 16 June 2001. This was published in the Guinness Book of World Records (English edition) while the records from Germany were published in the German edition.
Sofie Gyldenøhr Schwartz (Denmark) set an inofficial record of 107 hula hoops spun in 2007 in Copenhagen.
Linlin Jin (China) hula hooped with 280 hoops (total weight: 20 kg) in the German TV show "Wetten, dass...?" on 13 June 2009 VIDEO

The largest Hula Hoop

circumference
record holder
date and venue
10.0 m (32.8 ft)
Roman Schedler (Austria)
On Sept 9 1999 Roman spun this hoop for 15:21 minutes.
27 May 1995, Lustenau (Austria)
11.3 m (37.0 ft)
Laura Rico Rodriguez (Spain) 14 Dec 2001, Madrid (Spain)
12.5 m (41 ft)
Tsuji Nozomi (Japan)
1 January 2003, Tokyo (Japan)
13.2 m (43.3 ft)
Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair (USA) June 2003, Bellevue, Washington (USA)
15.3 m (50.3 ft)
Ashrita Furman (USA)
September 2005
15.7 m (51.5 ft)
Ashrita Furman (USA) 1 June 2007, New York (USA)
15.7 m (51.5 ft) Bao Zongyao (China)
8 November 2008
15.8 m
Ashrita Furman (USA) 9 September 2010, New York (USA)

Hula-Running

The Rules

(If you want to break a record that is published in a record book or governed by an international authorithy, there may be other or additional rules. See here for more information.)

The record is for the fastest time to travel a given distance while spinning a hula hoop.
  1. A standard size and weight of hula hoop should be used.
  2. The hoop should be clearly marked with a ribbon, band or some other means so that it can be easily judged whether or not it is revolving.
  3. The hoop must be revolved between the shoulders and the hips.
  4. The hoop must be revolving before a competitor may cross the starting line.
  5. If the hoop passes above the shoulders or below the hips, the competitor should cease running and may not run again until the hoop is once more being revolved between the shoulders and the hips.
  6. At no time during the attempt may a competitor move forward if his/her hoop is not revolving.
  7. At no time may a competitor move forward if his/her hoop is spinning either above the shoulders or below the hips.
  8. Once the race has begun a competitor may only touch the hoop with his/her hands in order to start it revolving again.  At no time may a competitor touch the hoop with his/her hands while running.
  9. The attempt should take place on a pre-measured one mile track at, for example,  a sports centre or stadium or similar.  It must be accurately measured and marked out at even intervals.
  10. There must be two independent witnesses in attendance at all time throughout the attempt.
  11. An experienced timekeeper must time the attempt using an accurate timing device.

The Records: 100 m

Roman Schedler (Austria) ran 100 m while spinning a hoop in a time of 13.84 sec on 16 July 1994. VIDEO (AVI, 1.2 MB)

The Records: 400 m

Pete Moyer (USA) ran 400 m while hula hooping in a time of 1:37 minutes on 1 July 2012 in Hillsboro, Illinois, USA. VIDEO

The Records: 1 Mile

ime
record holder date and venue
18:07 min Ashrita Furman (USA) VIDEO (AVI, 2,7 MB) 27 October 2002 in Munich (Germany)
15:25 min Ashrita Furman (USA) 2003 along the North-Western side of Uluru (Australia)
7:47 min
Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair (USA)

The Records: 10 km (Men)

time
record holder date and venue
1:06:35 hrs
Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair (USA)

The records: 10 km (Women)

time
record holder date and venue
1:58 hrs
Andrea Stockbrügger (Germany) 13 May 1982
1:43:11 hrs
Betty (Shurin) Hoops (USA)
30 May 2005 at the Bolder Boulder 10K Race in Colorado, USA
1:27:25 hrs
Boo Crystal Chan (Australia)
12 March 2009 in Castle Hill, Australia
1:05:26 hrs
Sasha Kenney (Great Britain)
22 April 2012, London Marathon, official split time at 10 km

The records: Marathon

time
record holder date and venue
5:05:57 hrs
Sasha Kenney (Great Britain)
22 April 2012, London


Fastest Hula Hoop Spinning (1 Minute)


revolutions per minute
record holder date and venue
162
Leah Black (Great Britain) New Paul O'Grady Show, London, 10 April 2006
170
Ashrita Furman (USA) Jamaica, New York, 16 November 2007
188
Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair (USA) Old Westbury, New York, 16 April 2008
211
Xia Tao (China) Guinness TV Show in Beijing, 8 November 2008
243
Gregory Sean Dillon (USA) VIDEO 20 March 2012

Hula Hoop on One Leg

Mridula Shanker (USA, age 7) set two records for hula hooping while standing on one foot: First, she set a record for hooping around her waist with 40:21 minutes on 9 October 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. In another attempt, she hooped for 14:01 minutes around her leg. VIDEO

Hula Hoop with A Tractor Tyre

Roman Schedler (Austria) spun a tractor tyre weighting 24 kg (53 lb) for 71 seconds at the 5th SAXONIA Record Festival on 24 Sep 2000 in Bregenz, Austria.

Hula Hooping While Hanging Suspended

Kareena Oates (Australia) spun 41 hula hoops between shoulders and hips when she hang suspended from the wrists in the Australian Guinness World Records TV show on 4 June 2005.
Chi Chi Revolver (Great Britain) achieved 112 revolutions of the hula hoop while hanging suspended upside down on 19 March 2012 in Brighton.

Hula Hooping Underwater


time
record holder date and venue
2:20 min
Ashrita Furman (USA) May 2007 at Island Dophin Care in Key Largo, Florida
2:38 min
Ashrita Furman (USA) 1 August 2007 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, New York

Highest Hooper

Michael Ellis (USA) hula hooped atop Mt. Kilimanjaro on 9 February 2010. VIDEO

Around Foot

Melissa-Anne Ainley (Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa-Anne) rotated a hula hoop around her foot (lying supine) for 133 rotations in one minute on 22 August 2010 in Freeport, New York, USA.


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