The Salt Lake Tribune
First published Oct 08 2011 05:57PM
Updated Oct 8, 2011 11:27PM
East High School student Eliza McIntosh broke the Guinness World Record Saturday for the longest continuous wheelie in a wheelchair, going 12.45 miles in three hours and 51 minutes.
Guinness has yet to certify her record, but the current record is slightly over 10 miles. “I feel great!” McIntosh said afterward. “I did this today for two very important reasons: I did it to increase awareness and raise money for my team.”
She is a member of Utah’s nationally competitive youth wheelchair basketball team, the Junior Wheelin’ Jazz. Team-members are required to raise their own money for custom sport wheelchairs and travel costs to regional competitions and the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
Through pledges, she raised more than $3,000 Saturday. To support McIntosh and her team, donations can be made at www.wheelinjazz.com.
Eliza is also a chess player, her family are chess players and her father Dr. MC INTOSH has supported chess for decades at the University of Utah.