Catch Some Big Air, Dude - NBC Chicago

Catch Some Big Air, Dude

Red Bull High Rise scheduled for Saturday



    Catch Some Big Air, Dude
    Getty Images
    Ronnie Renner will be trying to break his own record this weekend.

    More than half a million people are expected to watch BMX superstar Ronnie Renner attempt to break his own Guinness World Record for the highest air reached on a motorcycle on Saturday.

    It's all part of the Venetian Night festivities, and will go down at Grant Park's Butler Field (100 S. Lake Shore Drive) between 6 - 7 p.m.

    Renner set his original quarter-pipe big air world record by jumping 59 feet, 2 inches last summer. This year, he will attempt to beat this record by launching sky-high onto a massive custom-built steel landing ramp measuring 64 feet wide and 30 feet tall.

    Renner is a respected freestyle motocross veteran whose credentials include a gold medal in Step-Up at the 2007 Summer X Games and the Step-Up world record.

    TheChiGuide:When Renner was asked "Why Chicago to beat this record?" his response was fairly simple. He said, "Why not? While I was thrilled with being able to set the initial world record last year, I know I can push myself to achieve a better height, and Chicago is one of the best places to be in the summer. Plus it added another component to my training regimen – I need to train my stomach to prepare for Chicago cuisine, especially the deep dish pizza."

    Jessica Joseph is a contributing writer for