City man beats previous best time for barefoot ice run

robin kuniski/for metro calgary


29-year-old speedster Randy De Bruyn gets his wheels inspected by CJAY 92 morning show guru Gerry Forbes after De Bruyn bucked the odds and sprinted down the slippery 100m track on his way to shattering the world record by over 1 second yesterday in Arbour Lake.

Cold as ice and willing to sacrifice, a Calgary man galloped barefoot to a world record in the 100m dash on ice yesterday afternoon in Arbour Lake.

Responding to the call for contestants in the CJAY 92 Gerry Forbes World Records competition, 29-year-old truck driver Randy De Bruyn was confident he could beat the previous best of 17:35 seconds set in Eindhoven, Netherlands, two years ago.

“I said on my way up there today that I was going to either be a second or maybe even two seconds better than what was originally set,” said the former 5th place Special Olympics Summer Games sprinter.

De Bruyn’s time of 16.25 seconds shaved just over one second off the previous world’s best, but he said there’s no secret to his success — except for the confidence boosting technique of his girlfriend.

“I really just went out to have fun and try to beat the record — and I did it,” he said.

Had De Bruyn not bested the mark, Russ McKenzie would have bettered the time, clocking a speedy 17:16 seconds. Rob MacMillan just missed the mark with a time of 17.85 seconds.

The Gerry Forbes World Records contest hosted by the local classic rock station challenges contestants to make zany world record attempts. Those who break records are treated to a trip to Mexico.

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