István Kocza has an amazing brain. He is one of the top ten fastest people in the world who solves a 5x5x5 Cube blindfolded (the normal cube has 3x3x3 sides). That is truely unbelievable.
He also holds various other records e.g the world record to solve a standard rubik’s cube with fewest moves (22).
But that is not all – he is a runner as well and really fun:
Kocza István has run a marathon dressed as a Rubik's cube
Simon and I felt like 14 year olds.
Firstly because we were hysterically focused on these little colorful cubic toys trying to solve them as quickly as possible on the plane, on the train, in the night and before breakfast – high-fiving each other when getting close to our records.
Secondly because the age average of the contestants was really around 14 years.
Here are a few images (with a few of the older contestants):
Erik Akkersdijk, Stefan Pochmann, Lars Vandenbergh, István Kocza, Uli Kilian, Simon Howells
A big compliment to the organisers of the Aachen Open. Although it was the second biggest cube event in the world everything went smoothly and totally on schedule. Everyone was happy, relaxed and very friendly.
Big thanks to the students and members of RWTH Aachen!
After cubing with my cousin Max and with Pat, Simon and a few others on New Year’s Eve in Munich I was able to improve my times by another second
Have a look at the stats page: http://rubiksrun.com/?p=88
I just improved my average Rubik’s Cube times (10 out of 12) more than 3 Seconds: from 38 to 35 Seconds – I’m quite pleased
Have a look at the updated stats.
Speedcubers will yawn right now where as runners might be impressed.
And I ran a half marathon yesterday – now runners yawn… and speedcubers are probably… yawn again…
Oh dear – too late for wannabe-funny-posts.
I was quite disappointed when I called the London Marathon Committee last Friday. I admit that Friday afternoon might not be the best time to get motivated people on the phone – but a bit of support would have been nice.
Two attempts, two different people, not a single answer.
I was asking simple questions like
Where might be a good place along the race where supporters could hand me over a bunch of scrambled cubes and receive my solved ones?
Which part of the track is very crowded so we can avoid these spots for handing over the cubes?
“We don’t have such information”… no motivation in maybe trying to find a solution.
Then I had a little look online and found an interactive marathon map on their official website – quite handy. And there is a button “crowd density” which looks very promising! Unfortunately it is not enabled yet – but I’ll keep an eye on that.
Anyway – pity the London Marathon Committee was not very keen on helping. If anyone knows anything about this topic – please let me know!
Many people ask me the question: Why Running AND Cubing the same time?
Well, here in the UK a lot of people run for charity – and that is great! But in order to really catch people’s attention one has to come up with new or interesting or crazy things these days.
I simply want to reach as many people as possible, make them aware of prostate (and other) cancer and raise as much money as I can for Prostate UK.
Besides that, I love challenges and I always want to do new things and find new ways of doing things more efficiently – that is probably the “germaness” in me…
And I always wanted to be a Guinness World Record holder
After weeks of trying to get in touch with Guinness World Records they finally replied:
“Your attempt would actually be the first at this record and, as such, there is no previous record to beat. However, our research team concluded that 50 would be the required minimum acceptable for any first attempt. Thus, the solving of 50 cubes would be a new world record.”
That is good news because I want to solve 100 cubes anyway.
£300.00 - Hugo P
£030.00 - Anna&Matt
£050.00 - Max Kuseng M
£030.00 - Angus L
£010.00 - Tom S
£010.00 - Vanessa&Tim
£020.00 - Paul W
£020.00 - Emily T
£020.00 - Thorsten H
£040.00 - Lou&Max
£050.00 - Anonymous H
£156.16 - Nicola O
£010.00 - Anne P
£012.25 - Courtney H
£010.00 - Viv H
£025.00 - Caz&Geoff
£020.00 - Martin Gorilla P
£020.00 - Callum W
£050.00 - Ben R
£050.00 - Anna D