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Gainesville man attempts tire-flipping record
Greg Cochran of Gainesville flips a 555-pound tire during the final minutes of his successful world record attempt in November 2010. He flipped it 203 times. - photo by Get Out file photo

Flippin' for the Children

What: Sgt. Greg Cochran attempts to beat his world record in flipping tires in order to raise money for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with tire flipping beginning at 11 a.m.
Where: Lowe's, 1514 Skelton Road, Gainesville
More info: 678-780-8322

While holding three world records in strength and endurance may be enough for some folks, it isn’t for one Hall County Sheriff’s Office employee.

Sgt. Greg Cochran will attempt to best his own tire-flipping world record Saturday, Dec. 13, at Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse parking lot on the corner of Shallowford Road and Skelton Road in Gainesville.

Cochran set the world record at 203 flips in one hour in 2010. He will attempt to beat that record by flipping a 555-pound tire at least 204 times.

To further the fun for spectators at the event, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office will draw for winners of three “Christmas Stocking Stuffer Baskets.” The basket will be filled with prizes such as a gym fitness memberships and free personal trainer access, Reebok gift certificates, Christmas trees, beauty products, meal certificates and goodies from local bakeries.

But the world-record attempt is not just a fun spectator affair nor a place for Cochran to achieve a new personal best. The 23-year veteran in the fitness industry plans to raise money for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes at the same time.

Texas Roadhouse will set up at Cochran’s world record attempt and sell its “Fall off the Bones” rib plates for $14 each. Proceeds will benefit the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, which serves abandoned, neglected and abused children. More than 80 children receive love and care from five separate youth homes throughout the state.

For more information on the tire flipping world record attempt, call Deputy Chad Mann at 678-780-8322.

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