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Man in 1200-Pound Pumpkin Boat Sets World Record in Kayak Race

Kayaking is a great workout—take it from Todd Sanstrum, who set the new mark while competing in the Taunton River Great Pumpkin Run.
Kayak Pumpkin Record / Twitter @cshepard_ENT

This pumpkin could give Cinderella's carriage a run for its money.

Massachusetts native Todd Sanstrum put himself in the record books over Labor Day weekend, paddling a 1,240-pound, hollowed-out pumpkin through the eight-mile long Taunton River Great Pumpkin Run, according to

So yes: The guy made a pumpkin into a boat, and then raced it down a river.

Sanstrum previously tried to set the world record for the longest journey in a pumpkin watercraft in 2015, but his then-800-pound pumpkin only made it three miles and wasn’t able to complete. This time around, the massive gourd lasted for the entire race, completing the event in four hours and 13 minutes.

The race finished at the USS Massachusetts, and Sandstrum set out to make it there: "The biggest thing was I wanted to get to the front of the USS Massachusetts — that was my goal," Sandstrum told The Enterprise. "No one else will ever be able to say they took a 1,200-pound pumpkin to the bow of the USS Massachusetts."

Sandstrum gave himself quite the arm workout by kayaking on his 1,200-pound pumpkin—and you could do the same, perhaps in a smaller boat.

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