On his 60th  birthday, Duane Hansen from Syracuse, Nebraska sailed 37.5 miles in a giant hollowed-out pumpkin down the Missouri River, the river between Nebraska and Iowa.

He grew the 846 pound (384kg) pumpkin in his garden with the aim to beat the 25.5 mile world record set in 2018.

entering river at Bellevue, Nebraska

coming out of river at Nebraska City, Nebraska

USA media

Washington Post — “Nebraska man squashes record for floating in a pumpkin, officials say”


NBC — “A gourd among men: 60-year-old paddles 38 miles in hollowed-out pumpkin to break world record”


CNN — “A man paddled 38 miles down the Missouri River in a hollowed-out pumpkin”


Yahoo — “Man breaks world record for floating down a river in a pumpkin: ‘Gourdspeed’


UK media

BBC — “Guinness World Record: Man rides 38 miles in giant pumpkin

Guardian — “Oh my gourd: Nebraska man paddles 38 miles in hollowed out pumpkin

Independent — “Nebraska man claims world record for paddling 38 miles – in a pumpkin