With friends and fans surrounding them, Caleb Stokes and Leilan McNally counted down the seconds to Midnight and 60 straight hours of bell ringing. Leilan and Caleb had been ringing outside of the Emmis Communications Building on Monument Circle since Noon on Thursday. With their goal accomplished, the two men ran across the street and up the stairs of the Soldier and Sailor Monument to celebrate their achievement.
The World Record of Bell Ringing was put on by The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters and started with 24 contestants across the country. At 10 PM on Saturday there were only 3 contestants left. Leilan, Caleb and Darrell Tureskis, another contestant from Springfield IL, crossed the 60 hour mark and set the new world record. Contestants were required to stand the entire time and were allowed a 10 minute break every four hours. They also could not eat anything and could only drink water or sports drinks.
The event was part of a national effort to celebrate and recognize 120 years of The Salvation Army Red Kettle. The Salvation Army would like to thank Leilan and Caleb for their support and congratulate them on their amazing achievement.