Top 15 TV ‘Marathoning’ Tips and Tricks

As the Ultimate Fan Marathon for the 500th episode of The Simpsons kicks off, we get 'marathoning' tips from the winner of the 24 Ultimate Fan Challenge, Kevin Coon!

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Kevin Coon - 24

"Hi-Diddily-Ho" my fellow Simpsons Fans!

Only 2 short days left until the Simpsons Ultimate Fan Marathon Challenge

The stakes are high with a $10,500 grand prize and a chance to break the Guinness World Record set by myself (Kevin Coon), Farris Hodo, and Victor Lopez in Dec, 2010 for the show 24.

Watching TV for that long was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, and I prepared for weeks in advance.

As one of only 3 people in the world who truly understands what it's like to be in a television-watching marathon continuously for over 86 hours, I am returning to Hollywood & Highland for the Simpsons Marathon from Feb 8 – Feb 12, 2012. I'll be there to cover the event, coach the contestants, and share some of the "tips and tricks" that helped me break the record.

The beauty of this competition is that it is all willpower.

You CAN do this.

You don't have to be faster than anyone, or the smartest, or the strongest… nope. 

You just have to make the decision to reach the finish line, no matter what, no matter how bad things get in there… it can be done… and it will be done.

By the time the third night rolls around, and it feels like your living in a giant Dutch oven, with smells you will never be able to identify, but will remember for the rest of your life. 

When your feet are cold and sweaty and your body is achy, when the episodes start blending together, and your peripheral vision is playing tricks on you….

Just remind yourself why you came, visualize the win, and remember this…

It's nothing compared to what our P.O.W's have to deal with… we simply get the luxury watching the greatest cartoon ever for a chance at cash, glory, and a boat load of sweet Simpsons merchandise. 

So to all the contestants:

Get mentally prepared, physically rested, and make a note of some of these helpful tips and tricks…



  • EYEDROPS – Whatever you do… bring eye drops, something that moisturizes, they are a game changer, your eyes will be begging you for them.
  • SOCKS – Whatever you do… seriously bring plenty of extra socks. 2 pairs per day would not be too much. Also plan on throwing away the old ones, or please bring something super air tight to put them in, seriously. Nights can get cold with moist feet, and that "new sock feeling" was a HUGE morale booster at 3am.
  • A FRIEND – If your only option is to compete solo, so be it. I understand. This will be one of the most intense experiences of your life and having a" wingman" or support person to talk to on breaks, to help keep you anchored, will be a great asset as you journey into Simpsons history.
  • GOLDBOND – Don’t be afraid to "take the challenge" on breaks 😉
  • SMALL ENERGY SHOTS – Chugging large coffees will make waiting hours for a bathroom break quite the challenge. You don't want to waste energy doing the "I gotta go" dance.
  • A TOTEM * (see: Inception) – Something you can pull out of your pocket to remind you that you’re not actually in Springfield, you're in Hollywood, to Win! 
  • When you feel yourself slipping into sleepiness, The Totem can also be used to tap/poke yourself with when you blink. That way there is no unaccounted for blinking, and no chance that your eyes will shut without you being aware that you need to open them back up. I used a comb as mine, couldn't have done it without my comb. 🙂
  • LAYERED CLOTHING – The nights can get cold, be prepared to shed/pile on layers depending on the conditions. Especially your socks! This will minimize the amount of time that you are absolutely miserable, LOL.
  • DEODORANT – Please… for all of us.
  • GROOMING KIT – If you make it all the way to the end of this marathon, you may come out looking like Tom Hanks in "Castaway" (I know I did). If you're planning on winning, plan on "cleaning up nice" afterwards. You'll want to shave, groom, tweeze etc. for interviews and press.



  • 1. Eat often, but slowly and gradually, a big meal eaten quickly can make you "slow down" and become lethargic. I remember eating a bagel over the course of 3 hours, to give my hand something to do, and keep carbs coming in I would just take a little pinch off of it every 5-10 seconds until it was gone.
  • 2. Keep your eyes on the screen! You didn't come all this way to chit chat, watch people, or look at the walls. You're here to watch the Simpsons and break our Guinness World Record in the process.
  • 3. When things get really tough, and you're getting sleepy, a cold can of soda to the back of the neck will help keep you alert. Chewing on ice and blinking to the beat of a song were very helpful to me.
  • 4. Unplug… Just turn off your phone and go off the grid. Don't feel obligated to constantly update those that are at home rooting for you. Feel obligated to go into the zone, and crush this opportunity, stay focused on the Simpsons, and staying awake. Don't let your mind wander to home, you're in Springfield now!
  • 5. Remind yourself why you came and that this IS possible, it can be done, this is YOUR moment, and nobody can stop you but yourself!

That's it for now folks! More tips, news, and event coverage will be posted right here soon by yours truly.

So spread the word, and support your friends and family who're coming to Hollywood to embark on this journey to "Couch-Potato Greatness" The time has come for Simpsons fans to unite and shatter the Guinness World Record for the "Longest Marathon Watching Television."

Let's Do This!