Run the Red – We’ve Done It!

        GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
SPEECH MARATHON (TEAM) CHALLENGE

… we’ve done it!!!

Guinness World record certificate - the full size one hangs in the reception at Waipuna April 21 – 26, 2019

DISTRICT 112 RUN THE RED
International Speech Marathon

127 hours 31 minutes 43 seconds

(Previously 126 hours 28 minutes)

171 Toastmasters – 381 speeches

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL VERSION!

Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

The Ultimate Team Event, where 171 Toastmasters from Districts 112 NZ, 72 NZ, 70 Australia, 92 India, showcased their skills by speaking one after another for at least 10 minutes, many for longer, with some over an hour!

The six most committed speakers who accumulated the most minutes over the whole event, whilst limited like everyone else to speaking once every four hours:

Toastmaster Jonathan McDonald
307 minutes 30 seconds – 14 speeches

Toastmaster Kylee Maloney
211 minutes 08 seconds – 8 speeches

Toastmaster Kevin Prohl
211 minutes 08 seconds – 4 speeches

Toastmaster Neil Stichbury
195 minutes 14 seconds – 5 speeches

Toastmaster Aroha Heene
178 minutes 09 seconds – 7 speeches

Toastmaster Shaun Reilly
172 minutes 52 seconds – 9 speeches

Heartfelt thanks to all who took part:


The SPEAKERS – who came from all over the country to take part
The NIGHT OWLS – and all those who spoke at times well out of their usual
The WITNESSES – who gave their time so generously
The PROVIDERS – who brought along treats that convinced us to keep going
The WAIPUNA – who provided a venue for six days when no-one else (that we could afford) would do so
The AUDIENCE  – most of all those who helped keep us above 10 by staying or being available by phone

Thanks also to those who couldn’t be there, but encouraged from where they were. IN SHORT, thanks to everyone for the tremendous spirit of co-operation that is alive and well at the heart of our mission as Toastmasters.

SEE THE RUN THE RED ROLL OF HONOUR

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

What’s next?

  • All speeches were posted online from October, 2019 to June 2021, and every speaker received a link to view themselves online and share the link or download the video if they wish. The objective is that everyone who spoke should have the chance to get their work evaluated. The videos have been removed but are still available – please email our Webmaster if you need a copy.
  • Produce a “Highlights” video for Toastmasters International that can be used for publicity purposes; everyone appearing will be asked for permission to use their image, as required by TI.
  • Finally – enjoy a few more glasses of the “sponsor’s product”!

From your “Run the Red” team….

Rob Wightman DTM
          Mike Diggins DTM
                   Sandy Hu DTM
                             Richard Perkins DTM
                                      Toni Sharp QSM DTM
Guinness World record certificate - the full size one hangs in the reception at Waipuna

Thanks, everyone!