In Elgg, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, a marble was set into motion and rolled exactly 1,918 meters and 12 centimeters. That is a new world record and gained local trade and industry entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.
“Today we witnessed a live example of how Elgg has had all its marbles for 125 years,” said Trade Association President Valentin Schnyder from Spenglerei Schnyder, a tinsmith shop, in his speech of thanks. He was visibly proud of the feat. “I have long suspected we are the best - today we know that for certain.”
The idea was conceived last year, then in March initial preparations and the test phase began. The marble run is a composite work by “a few extremely ambitious screwballs” Schnyder added, smiling. Eleven teams built a marble run out of various materials such as PET bottles, glass, wood or wire ropes. The marble rolled from Lindenplatz up to St. Gallerstrasse and then to Bauberger AG.
After rolling for 40 minutes, the marble arrived in the meadow across from the local industrial park Gewerbepark Elgg at 1:40 p.m. There it was heaved across the street by a crane from welti-furrer. A bit later, the official representative of the Guinness Book of World Records announced the world record. For technical reasons, she had to declare it valid and “officially amazing” that morning.
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Fotos: Bauberger AG / KMU Verband Winterthur