ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Three St. Louisans were behind the effort to break the world record for the longest game of basketball this weekend in the Philippines.
They played non-stop for five days -- totalling 120 hours, one minute and seven seconds. They hope the money they raise will rebuild an entire village devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
In order to break the record, 10 players had to be on the court at all times. Players couldn't leave the court, and could only rest during periods of substitution. They also had to remain competitive, and not show any signs of fatigue during play.
Players demolished the previous record – set in downtown St. Louis – by about eight hours. Most of them were from the Philippines, and some lost their homes in the typhoon.
"There was a lot at stake for these guys," Chuck William said. "It was going to be an opportunity for them to move from catastrophe to homeless to now being someone the community can be proud of."
Organizers estimated that at least $67,000 was raised during the game.