Local dodgeball teams go after world record

Rob Immel thought he was through with marathon dodgeball matches after setting a Guinness World Record in the sport one year, three months and 12 days ago.

But there he was on the Washington Avenue Armory court last Tuesday afternoon, 29 hours into another marathon to break his own record.

I feel and I sound like I look I'm just totally drained," said the Ballston Spa School District physical education teacher.

Immel had already smashed his old record of 24 hours and two minutes earlier that morning, but he was still trotting himself onto the court to compete with his Hometown Dodgeball team against Albany Dodgeball as the clock ticked down to the 31-hour, 11-minute and 13-second goal set by Albany Dodgeball's Jason Von Guinness.

"Rob just wanted to break his record at 24 [hours], but I said let's go after 31:11:13 because I love palindromes," said Von Guinness.

"I always knew we'd do that 31, but there were times where I thought why couldn't we just stop at 25?" said Immel.

By the 29-hour mark, the term "playing" had taken on a different meaning. There were six players on each side, and they were throwing standard-sized rubber dodgeballs at each other, but not with any great velocity or accuracy. Players who were out trudged off the court.

"We started out too strong [Monday], which I think was the problem," said Albany Dodgeball team member Chrissie Carino, who was lying on one of the air mattresses provided as a resting area for players taking a break.

"It kind of goes in waves," said Von Guinness. "We'll go after it for a while, but then we'll take it easy. We just kind of know when to pick it up and when to take it easy. We feed off each other's energy level."

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