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Carlsbad man celebrates 102nd birthday with world zip-lining record

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SAN DIEGO (AP/ NEWS 8) — A Carlsbad man celebrated his 102nd birthday by setting the Guinness World Record for the oldest person to ride a zip line.

On January 18th, Glenn Quillin turned 102-years-old, but rather than having cake and ice cream, the adrenaline junkie celebrated the only way he knew - by breaking the Guinness World Record for the oldest person to ride a zip line. 

Glenn took the ride at the La Jolla Zip Zoom park in Pauma Valley where he went up four flights. When they asked him if he wanted to skip one of the zip lines, he said "no, I want to do all of them." 

La Jolla Zip Zoom Manager Chad Gutierrez says he’s amazed at Quillin’s bravery. The attraction has three “extreme” zip lines, where passengers in helmets and harnesses travel at speeds up to 50 mph at distances up to 2,700 feet (823 meters) and a vertical drop of as much as 800 feet (244 meters).

His zest for life in undeniable and that is pretty much how the Carlsbad resident looks at his life. "I just enjoyed every minute of it. You have to have more to do than you can possibly get down." 

Two years ago, the centenarian jumped our of airplane at 15,000 feet as he celebrated his 100th birthday. 

Glenn grew up during the Great Depression, but things have certainly changed since then, and while he may not have a cellphone, he is tech savvy. 

For Glenn, life is one great adventure. 

What is next for Glenn? 

He is already planning his next big adventure with a hot air balloon ride and maybe skydiving again. 

The Guinness World Record for oldest man to skydive is 101. 

Quillin’s grandson, Mike Welch, said once certified by the Guinness World Records organization, Quillin will own the record held by a 90-year-old.


Information from: Los Angeles Times

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