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Published: Saturday April 26, 2014 MYT 4:20:00 PM
Updated: Saturday April 26, 2014 MYT 12:50:04 PM

Spend 2 days on a theme park ride to save 50 leopards? This guy will

Sam Clauw will attempt to break the world record for the longest marathon aboard a theme park attraction. The attempt to set a new world record is designed to raise funds and awareness for the protection of the Amur leopard, an endangered species.

Sam Clauw will attempt to break the world record for the longest marathon aboard a theme park attraction. The attempt to set a new world record is designed to raise funds and awareness for the protection of the Amur leopard, an endangered species.

Sam Clauw aims to set a new Guinness World Record for 'the longest marathon on a fairground/theme park attraction' to raise funds to save the Amur leopard from extinction. 

The 28-year-old Clauw will attempt his record-setting marathon ride at Bellewaerde Park in Belgium, with a goal to spend more than two days on the park’s pirate ship ride. 

If you think it's going to be a walk in the park, watch this YouTube user video of the ride and try your best to suppress the queasiness within. 

Filmed by surveillance cameras, the self-professed theme park enthusiast will climb aboard the ride on April 29 to break the world record currently held by Clinton Shepherd, who spent 48 hours, 8 minutes and 25 seconds on a Ferris wheel in Chicago. 

Clauw aims to best Shepherd's record by staying on the ride for 50 hours. Though it may seem like a lunatic endeavour to some, Clauw, who is also a promoter and webmaster for the park, is taking up the quirky challenge in the name of a good cause. 

The Amur leopard, a critically endangered species, with less than 50 big cats left in the world. 

A donation campaign has been launched ahead of the feat, and the proceeds will go to ALTA (Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance), an organisation dedicated to protecting the critically endangered species.

From mid-June, Bellewaerde Park will take in a number of Amur leopards as part of an international breeding programme aimed at restoring previous population levels. The animals will later be reintroduced into the wild. – AFP/RelaxNews

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, People, Lifestyle, People, Belgium, Sam Clauw, Bellawaerde Park, Guinness World Record, attempt, longest marathon on a theme park ride, charity, fundraising, Amur Leopard

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