Cliffwater exec visits 250 bars in 24 hours
September 22, 2011
Hedge fund analyst Chris Solarz nabs his fifth world record.
Talk about a day of drinking. Chris Solarz, head of macro hedge
fund research at institutional investor consultant Cliffwater,
set a world record on September 3 for the most pubs visited by
a team in 24 hours.
Solarz, wife Bea Reig and 11 friends—most of them
marathoners—visited 250 bars in New York City in one
day. One person in the group drank half a beer at each
location, less than 10 total, covering approximately 32 miles
in the process. The group began at O'hanlon’s on
East 14th Street and ended at One and One on the corner of
First Avenue and 1st Street (a tribute to the Seinfeld joke
about the intersection being the "nexus of the
universe"). Solarz and team beat the previous world record
of 170 pubs set in Chicago last November.
Solarz, 33, holds four other endurance-related world records.
His first, from 2009, is for the fastest navigation of the New
York City subway system. He and a friend visited every local
stop–468—in just under 23 hours by designing
a computer program to maximize travel efficiency.
Second is the fastest aggregate marathon run on all seven
continents (yes, there’s one in Antarctica) for
which Solarz ran approximately seven three hour marathons over
Third is the furthest vertical distance climbed in 12 hours.
After two years of planning and four months of training, Solarz
climbed 33,000 feet in just less than 12 hours, higher than
29,000 foot Mount Everest. He did this by running up the stairs
of a 55 story building (Logan Square in Philadelphia), riding
the elevator down, and repeating. That beat the old record by
6,000 feet and the feat helped raise money for the American
Finally, Solarz holds the record for the fastest marathon as a
linked team. He and four friends completed a marathon while
tied together by a 12 foot rope in three hours 26 minutes.
Next up? Solarz says he wants to run a personal record at the
Chicago marathon on October 9. The time to beat is 2 hours 49