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Men aim for longest domino play (video)

By BY KELDY ORTIZ - KORTIZ@VICAD.COM
March 9, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 8, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.

Jeff Svetlik,  top left, looks to Brian Janak, top right, to make his move as Randy Svetlik, front left, brags to Brett Noake, bottom right, that his domino is going to win him the game as the four attempt to set the world record for longest continuous domino play Saturday at Riverside Park. There is currently no record for domino play in the books, and the four are trying to play continuously for 26 hours.

Four friends came together Saturday by Riverside Park to raise awareness and set a world record.

Under a tent with food, drinks and dominoes, brothers Randy and Jeff Svetlik, along with friends Brian Janak and Brett Noake, started playing at 9 a.m.

The goal is to play 26 hours of consecutive dominoes while raising awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that controls voluntary muscle movement.

According to the ALS Association, about 5,600 people in the United States are affected with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"We try to figure out what talents we could use to help raise awareness for ALS," said Jeff Svetlik. "I've always wanted to set a world record."

During the 26 hours, the players are selling T-shirts, and the money will be donated for the ALS Stroll, Roll 'N' Run event.

According to Guinness World Records, there is no current record for consecutive hours for playing dominoes. To complete a world record, the event has to be documented, and a witness also has to be present.

To make sure the domino record is achieved, the players are surrounded with cameras looking at a clock and at them. Domino games will switch off between "42" and straight play of dominoes.

They will take breaks once an hour to stretch or use the bathroom in the trailer Noake brought. They plan to end their game about 11 a.m. Sunday.

Funds have not been a problem for the players because they've been making and selling barbecue to raise money. For Jeff Svetlik, the event meant a lot.

"I lost my friend Craig Fox to (ALS). My former Pastor Bill has it," he said. "It just hit close to home."

When deciding what event would be ideal for the four competitors to play, the men decided that dominoes was ideal. They all grew up playing the game together.

"Dominoes is a family tradition," said Randy Svetlik. "My uncle and dad played in tournament leagues."

After finishing another game of "42," Jeff Svetlik wasn't worried about playing during the 26 hours.

"The main concern is staying awake," he said.

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