James Peterson set out Friday to do something pretty extraordinary.
With his fist pounding in the air, Peterson made his way around the University of Akron campus en route to set a new Guinness World Record.
Peterson, 34, said his goal is to create his own world record of the longest continuous fist-pumping motion around your body. The record would be a new one for Guinness — the keeper of such feats.
The journey began at 11 a.m. on Friday at Manny’s Pub on Brown Street and if all went well — and his arm didn’t fall off — it was scheduled to end at 3 a.m. today on the pub’s upstairs patio.
The unemployed electrician from Green said he did not want to take any chances.
To ensure that he kept his fist clenched, Peterson said, he super-glued his hand shut.
And to squelch any doubters, a pair of videographers recorded his each and every move and each and every fist pump.
“I have set the qualifications for this record and every minute that I do this is a new record,” he said Friday afternoon on the UA campus. “My fist is super-glued together to ensure I maintain perfect fist formation.”
He describes himself as a seasoned veteran of fist pumping.
“I used to hang light fixtures, so I am used to having my hands above my head,” he said.
He prefers the so-called Jersey-style where you use your elbow to roll your fist — opposed to a “fist thrust” where you just thrust your fist into the air.
This is not his first attempt at setting a new standard for Jersey-style fist thrusting.
“I did this on St. Patrick’s Day but it was not documented.”
This time the proof will come from dual cameras handled by Clay Hunt and Matt Rohrbach of ZinniHunt Productions.
Hunt is a 2008 media production graduate of the University of Akron.
To offer additional proof of his record-setting attempt, he asked strangers to sign the neon yellow polo shirt he wore.
The signatures offer additional verification, he said, to those reviewing the recordings to show that the number of names on the shirt grew as the hours progressed.
Among those signing the shirt was former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who now works as the vice president for strategic engagement at the university.
Tressel signed the left shoulder of his shirt and encouraged Peterson to extend his record-setting attempt to 24 hours.
Although inspired by Tressel’s encouragement, Petterson said 16 hours of continuous fist pumps was enough for now. But he might consider another attempt — once feeling returns to his arm — for charity.