In December of 2009, Sam Stilson and Craig Morrison of Toronto, Ontario set out to create an original, inspiring, and hilarious world record. Their achievement, “Longest High Five,” marked the first in a trilogy of high-five epics. “Longest” refers to the distance separating each high-fiver as they begin their high-five. The high-fivers move towards each other before connecting hands at the approximate midway point of the distance that separates them. Below is the original record, set two and a half years ago:
Stilson and Morrison’s flamboyant attire demonstrated their willingness to challenge themselves. Their decision to not wear gloves was ensured the high five’s authenticity, as well as its superior aural quality. Despite the distraction of their visible breath in the frigid conditions, the duo was able to complete a high-five after running a combined distance of 3.3 km.
A year and three months later, the world record title of Longest High-Five found a new home, halfway around the Earth. Matt Kelly and Dave Thompson of Brisbane, Australia became the first tandem to challenge and break the record.
Again, attire was a focal point. Kelly’s running shorts and Thompson’s shiny split-color track pants, although an eyesore for any passerby, were an important part of their psychological preparation. “We’re wearing better* pants than those guys,” Thompson proclaimed before embarking on the attempt. “Cannot be beaten,” added Kelly.
*It remains undetermined what exactly Dave meant by “better,” but if “better” is Australian slang for “horrific,” then his point is valid.