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Ferris wheel feat: World-record victory by LAPD detective on Santa Monica pier

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It is a world-record setting day for Los Angeles law enforcement as detective Gus Martinez reached his goal of enduring the longest Ferris wheel ride ever recorded -- 25 hours.

Under the Guinness World Records guidelines, Martinez (who rode from 7:30 a.m. Thursday to 8:30 a.m Friday) was not permitted to sleep, but was allowed off the spinning wheel for a five-minute bathroom break once per hour, reports the L.A. Times.

Martinez took the circular journey to nowhere on the 130-foot-tall amusement in an effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. His son has won more than 30 gold medals in the competiton, notes NBC LA.

Additional motion sickness can be found on the fundraising website where a contest winner will receive a private, hour-long ride on the wheel.

The previous Ferris wheel riding record was set in Dublin, Ireland, and stood at 24 hours and 30 minutes.

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