The British man who first set the unofficial record of traversing the entire CTA rail system last year is back this week to try and reclaim it. And he's making a splash while here in Chicago.
On Tuesday Adham Fisher will be promoting his record-breaking effort with Nikki Huber, Miss Earth Illinois, while wearing a lush green jacket made of grass. The publicity stunt, complete with Nikki in full gown, sash and tiara, aims to help noisivelvet in announcing “Alterpolitan: An Indoor Sculpture Garden” taking place on Thursday, May 3, 2012, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at 77 South Dearborn. Noisivelvet (television spelled backward) are the folks behind the CTA Mobile Garden.
Then sometime later in the week Fisher will make his run on the CTA. Last year he rode the entire rail system in 9 hours, 36 minutes, 33 seconds. But on Feb. 3, Danny Resner and John Greenfield cut that time by five minutes.
Fisher likes transit challenges, and travels the globe to participate in them. Last month, he tried to break the record in New York City. He came within 19 minutes on his first try. Earlier this month he rode the small Toronto system in two hours, 46 minutes and one second. He has tried to break the record several times unsuccessfully on the London Underground.
Read Adham's story of his March 2011 "L" Challenge effort.