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Guinness World Records set in Tampa Bay

We rounded up some world records set in the Tampa Bay area.

The end of Bayshore Boulevard in downtown Tampa. High rises are visible behind the walkway.

Do you know the world record set by Bayshore Boulevard?

Photo by City of Tampa

The Tampa Bay area is no stranger to the spotlight — and that includes its record-setters. We rounded up some of the world records set right here in TBAY:

🎖️ Famous records

💪 Feats of strength

  • Last year, Pinellas County resident Jane Rhodes Martin was honored by Guinness as the world’s oldest female scuba diver, setting the record a day shy of her 96th birthday.
  • In 2023, 60-year-old Rob Stirling broke the record for most pushups in an hour, with a gargantuan 3,264. He achieved the feat at Tampa’s Powerhouse Gym Athletic Club, but was unfortunately bested later in the year, before his efforts could be verified by Guinness. We’re counting it.
Sun shines through palm trees by the Dalí Museum in St. Pete. There are three trees, and rays of light are visible between them from a sun in a partially cloudy sky.

St. Pete is called the Sunshine City for a reason.

Photo by TBAYtoday

🏈 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Look away, Bucs fans. The team set the record for the longest losing streak in NFL history (26 games) in 1976 + 1977. This also marked the worst beginning to any NFL franchise, as the losses continued until the 13th game of the Bucs’ second ever season back in 1977.
  • On a brighter note, Tom Brady became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl when he defeated the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in 2021. Brady was 43 years and 189 days old at the time.

🥳 Just for fun

  • Guinness recognizes South Tampa’s Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant for preparing the world’s largest pitcher of sangria back in 2013. The restaurant used 750+ bottles of wine to make the 269 gallons in a nine-foot pitcher.
  • The world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs can be found at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, belonging to Dennis Schrader. He has collected 5,000+ since the 1950s.
  • In 1995, Vesta Gueschkova set the record for longest distance for a human to be fired as an arrow when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus came to the Cigar City. Gueschkova was fired 75 feet from a crossbow. We’re confused, too.
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