Oak Parker to attempt Guinness record for dribbling while running

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It started on a lark, but now Oak Parker Nolan Adams, a medical student at Loyola University, is in it to win it.

The 25-year-old, will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for dribbling a basketball while running a mile. Yeah, you heard that right, dribbling a basketball while running a mile.

His first attempt – originally set for Oct. 12 – suffered a setback when the person who was set to keep the official time had to reschedule. He's planning now to make the attempt sometime this week.

The record attempt will take place at the Concordia University stadium track in River Forest.

The current record doesn't exactly exist, according to Adams, who said he learned while perusing the Guinness website that there are a number of "records" that have yet to be attempted.

Somehow, no one was interested in trying the dribbling-while-running challenge – until now.

Eight minutes is the number to beat for Adams to achieve fame.

Over the summer, Nolan was watching videos on the "Dude Perfect" channel – it highlights "dudes" performing trick basketball shots, among other things – when he realized several of the trick shooters had made it into the Guinness Book.

"There were thousands of entries for basketball – thousands that have been set," he explained.

But upon learning of the others that have never been set – well, his interest was piqued.

"I kind of got hooked [on the idea]," he said.

He said it has taken months to fill out the paperwork and get everything processed, but he's almost ready for the big day.

Adams said he's confident he can set the record and is aiming to run the mile in under six minutes.

"One of the specifications in the dribbling is if you make a mistake, you have to recover the ball and come back to where you lost control," he explained.

His Achilles Heel? Any crack or irregularity on the track's surface, he said. "If it lands on a crack, it could shoot off at a funny angle – that would set me back a little bit," he said.

He said he's been training around Mills Park in Oak Park to prepare for the record attempt by running and dribbling a basketball.

It's gotten him some support, but also some strange looks from passersby.

"I try to go later in the morning when there are fewer people around," he said, acknowledging that "it does get some side-eye."

Adams said his friends have been "surprisingly unenthusiastic" about his efforts.

Asked what he would do if he sets the record and it is beaten by another running dribbler, Adams said, "I'll be out there with an application [to Guinness] to take it back the next day."

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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