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UW grads set pub crawl record

Nope, just a group of friends who say they set a new unofficial Guinness World Record for most pubs visited in a 24 hour period. Led by Pat Finley and Dan Wachtler, both of Gig Harbor, the 10 men many recent University of Washington grads visited 101 Seattle bars in a little more than 15 hours a week ago.

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idea came from us kind of sitting around one August morning, said Finley, who will start work next month for a startup company that grows algae for biofuel. cheap jerseys busted out my friend [Guinness] World Record book and saw this one in there, and said, could beat that. previous record was held by a group of 19 Australians, who visited 82 bars in 24 hours in 2005.

According to official Guinness rules, one member of the team had to consume a drink at each pub, and they had to walk or use public transportation.

was more difficult than we first expected, but we ended up getting a pretty good crew of people who all enjoy drinking, explained Wachtler, who leaves for Zambia on Sunday to be project manager on a school being built by the nonprofit Construction for Change.

To ensure their record would be officially recognized, the team had to apply and wait six weeks to hear back from the folks at Guinness, which sent them very specific guidelines. Saturday at Font Caf Wine Bar downtown, walking to Pioneer Square, back through downtown, then to Belltown and finally busing to Ballard for the finish. in King Hardware on Ballard Avenue.

Spread over 15 hours, with each person averaging 10 drinks during the course of their day, the point of the excursion was not to overindulge. Rather, it was a chance to have fun and do some male bonding, they said.

Each member of the team spent between $100 and $200, with some drinks costing as much as $17, Wachtler said.

The group had a crew of friends who showed up for various hours of the day, bringing them sandwiches and showing their support. Finley mother, Betsy, was one of them.

of the organization and the camaraderie, I thought, this sounds like a fun thing to do, Betsy Finley recalls. wasn going to be a drunk fest, and it something you can only do when you young.