This Chicago Woman Has Been Hula Hooping for More Than 75 Hours, Breaking the World Record

Jenny Doan began hula hooping at 7 a.m. Tuesday at The District Brew and has been live streaming her efforts since then, reaching the 75-hour mark by Friday morning

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A 29-year-old woman who recently moved to Chicago broke the world record for marathon hula hooping Friday in a West Town bar - but she plans to go for another 25 hours. 

Jenny Doan began hula hooping at 7 a.m. Tuesday at The District Brew and has been live streaming her efforts since then, reaching the 75-hour mark by Friday morning. She plans to continue through 7 a.m. Saturday if she can, with a goal of 100 hours.

The previous record sat at 74 hours and 54 minutes, which was set in October 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. Doan's record will still need to be verified by Guinness World Records. 

According to Guinness World Records rules, every hour of hula hooping earns Doan five minutes of rest, which she can save up and use for “bio-breaks” to allow herself time to use the bathroom, sleep and eat.

As she hula hoops, Doan, who was born in Western Australia but moved to Chicago in April, said she plans to “watch movies, TV shows, eat, chat with friends, browse Reddit, twiddle my thumbs.”

Before her world record attempt, the longest Doan said she had hula hooped for was 40 hours.

She spent nearly four months training for the attempt, which she is using to raise money for Mental Health America, a non-profit that works to help those affected by mental illness.

Doan said the biggest issue facing her during her attempt is her knees. She took a five-minute break overnight Thursday where friends massaged her legs and put knee braces on her. When she does sleep, she puts compression boots on to help her legs. 

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