Bill Kathan, also known as "Mr. Bill," has become popular amongst Grand Canyon News readers as he continues to break world records. Kathan broke two additional world records Oct. 14 in Prescott - this time for walking forward rather than backwards - while balancing a 20-ounce pool cue on his middle finger.
The record-breaking event was held Oct. 14 at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza. Kathan walked 24 3/4 laps - or 8.27 miles - around the plaza. The event started at 11:05 a.m. and concluded at 1:25 p.m. Several witnesses, including Kathan's friend Benjamin Kastelic, witnessed Kathan's latest feats. Kathan's accomplishment will be listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not! and the "Guinness Book of World Records."
"There was an old man there with a plastic leg that didn't like me," Kathan said. "He tried to sabotage me during the fourth lap."
The man, Kathan said, bumped into him, nearly knocking him down and causing him to almost drop the pool cue. The competitor's attempted sabotage failed as Kathan quickly regained his balance and continued to balance the pool cue on his middle finger.
"When I was done, my hand was swollen and I was dizzy," said Kathan.
Kathan hopes to break another world record soon and is currently in training. The world record for running one mile while balancing a pool cue on a middle finger is 7 minutes, 15 seconds. While training for this feat recently, Kathan said he ran one mile - while balancing a pool cue on his middle finger - in 6 minutes, 53 seconds.
On Sept. 24, Kathan hiked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim backwards in 15 hours and 23 minutes. He left the Canyon's North Rim at 5:53 a.m. and concluded his backward journey at 9:30 p.m., emerging from the Canyon at the Bright Angel Trailhead.