London Man Aims to Set Rubik's Cube World Record at Marathon

George Scholey, a 22-year-old from London, plans to set a Guinness World Record for the most Rubik's Cubes solved while running the London Marathon, celebrating the puzzle's 50th anniversary and raising funds for charity.

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London Man Aims to Set Rubik's Cube World Record at Marathon

London Man Aims to Set Rubik's Cube World Record at Marathon

George Scholey, a 22-year-old from London, plans to attempt a Guinness World Record for the most rotating puzzle cubes solved while running the TCS London Marathon on April 21, 2024. This attempt is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube.

Scholey has previously set two other Guinness World Records: the most puzzle cubes solved while riding a skateboard (500) and the most puzzle cubes solved in 24 hours (6,931). He will be running the marathon at a slower pace of around 4 hours and solving pre-scrambled Rubik's Cubes that will be stationed every 2 miles along the 26.2-mile route.

Scholey has been preparing for this challenge for 9 years, since he first started solving Rubik's Cubes. He is raising money for St John Ambulance, a charity close to his heart, and his attempt will be verified by Guinness World Records.

Scholey will have the support of his friends and family, who will be helping to scramble the 600 Rubik's Cubes needed for the attempt. Footage of each scramble will be sent to Guinness World Records for verification after the marathon.

Why this matters: Scholey's attempt showcases the dedication and skill of Rubik's Cube enthusiasts and highlights the ongoing popularity of the iconic puzzle on its 50th anniversary. His effort to raise funds for St John Ambulance also demonstrates how personal passions can be leveraged for charitable causes.

The World Cube Association, the worldwide organization that regulates mechanical puzzle competitions, has overseen Rubik's Cube events since 2004. Scholey's marathon record attempt, while not an official WCA event, continues the tradition of pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the Rubik's Cube. As he runs the London Marathon and solves hundreds of cubes along the way, Scholey aims to secure his place in the Guinness World Records and inspire others with his unique blend of mental and physical prowess.

Key Takeaways

  • George Scholey, 22, plans to set Guinness World Record for Rubik's Cubes solved during London Marathon.
  • Scholey previously set records for most cubes solved on skateboard and in 24 hours.
  • Attempt to celebrate 50th anniversary of Rubik's Cube, raising funds for St John Ambulance.
  • Scholey will solve pre-scrambled cubes stationed every 2 miles during the 26.2-mile marathon.
  • Attempt verified by Guinness World Records, showcasing dedication of Rubik's Cube enthusiasts.