As temperatures soared to close to 100 degrees in NYC this weekend, most New Yorkers sought someplace cool to chill out and beat the heat.
Speedster Matthew Ahn is not like most New Yorkers. Instead of catching a movie in a cool air conditioned theater, the 25-year-old lawyer chose to race through the vast 660 miles of track in NYC’s subway system, not stopping until he had hit every station — all 469 of them. He did it in record time no less, an astonishing 21 hours, 28 minutes and 14 seconds, according to the NY Post.
Ahn set the previous record last year, a seemingly unbeatably-fast 21 hours, 49 minutes and 35 seconds. However, there were “only” 468 stations to navigate at that time. The addition of the 34th Street-Hudson Yards station in September of 2015 on the 7 line struck down his previous Guinness World Record-setting time.
Unhappy with losing his title so quickly, Ahn plotted and planned what he thought could be the most efficient route. Despite trepidations about his ability to shave precious minutes from his previous time as well as the extra minutes that would be spent hitting the new station, Ahn’s careful planning clearly paid off.
He began his quest to regain his title armed with only two bottles of water, five Cliff bars, and a Diet Coke, on Friday night around 2am. He hopped on the A train at the Far Rockaway and Mott Avenue station, and less than 24 hours later he stepped off the 7 train at the Flushing Avenue and Main Street station, obliterating his previous best time by an unbelievable 21 minutes and 21 seconds.
The fact that most lines were on time came as the biggest surprise to Ahh. There were only two slight delays on his trek, one on the shuttle and the other on the N line, each only lasting about 15 minutes. Neither was significant enough to derail his record-setting pace.
Provided The Guinness Book of World Records accepts Ahn’s proof — time-stamped photos of each station from inside the train and a log of departure and arrival times, as well as two witness statements — he will once again reign victorious as the fastest straphanger in NYC with a time that will no doubt keep other would-be speedsters racing to catch up for quite some time.