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Loyola alumnus wins Guinness World Record for motorcycle ride

Loyola press release - November 12, 2012

Loyola alumnus Edwin Escobar '97, right, received the Guinness World Record in a ceremony last year.

Last year, Loyola University New Orleans alumnus Edwin Escobar ‘97 embarked on a motorcycle ride mission to Central America’s capital cities. Twenty-nine hours after his journey began, he finished with a world record and raised $52,000 for children’s nutritional programs in El Salvador.

Escobar’s journey to San José, Costa Rica; Managua, Nicaragua; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; San Salvador, El Salvador and Guatemala City, Guatemala, holds the Guinness World Record for the most country capitals traveled to continuously on a motorcycle.

The funds raised for the epic motorcycle ride benefitted 260 families in dire conditions in El Salvador. Each family received one rooster, nine hens and nutrition coaching and training to help manage and grow a small farm. The program typically lasts nine months, after which each family should have eggs and meat to eat and sell. Those families then encouraged to pay it forward and give another family a set of roosters and hens.

According to Escobar, his world record-breaking ride was both physically and mentally challenging. When Escobar arrived in San Salvador, his second-to-last capital city stop, he was cheered on by his wife, family and friends before heading to the last stop in Guatemala City. “Even though mentally I knew that I hadn’t accomplished my goal yet, emotionally I got the charge that I needed for the last 224 kilometers left to ride,” Escobar said.

But the most challenging part of the journey wasn’t even during the event itself. “Yes, I was very tired at times, and at least three times I almost fell asleep on the motorcycle on tough roads,” Escobar said, adding that the most challenging part was the preparation. In addition to preparing physically for the endurance ride, he had to coordinate the event and fundraise all while working a full-time job.

Escobar attributes his time at Loyola helping him prepare for the unique challenge. “The knowledge obtained through my degree in business administration was definitely helpful and instrumental in coordinating and structuring the different areas of this world record attempt, however more valuable than this knowledge was the exposure to different extracurricular activities and the diverse environment that I was exposed to during my years at Loyola University New Orleans.”

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