DENVER -- Nik Wallenda took another walk into the record books Tuesday night, and also revealed exclusively to FOX 31 Denver his plans for a high wire walk right here in Colorado.
FOX 31 Denver’s Jeremy Hubbard spoke to Wallenda Tuesday evening near Milwaukee shortly before Wallenda completed his longest high wire walk ever. He walked more than a quarter mile on a wire no wider than a nickel, suspended 100 feet above the Milwaukee Mile racetrack at the Wisconsin State Fair. He stopped several times during the walk, and talked to the crowd and took questions while completing his tight wire feat.
“Talk about difficult - walking downhill for the first half of this walk, extremely difficult to walk downhill. And then uphill which is more strenuous after the halfway point,” Wallenda said.
He is already in the Guiness Book of World Records nine times. He’s walked a wire across Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the Chicago skyline. And now, we’ve learned one of Wallenda’s next performances will be right here in Colorado.
The “King of the High Wire” will give the keynote address at The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Infinity Event Center in Glendale. Wallenda will walk a high wire stretched 20 feet above the stage and talk to the audience about the role his faith plays in his feats.
“I just love doing anything that involves charity, that involves The Salvation Army, just a great cause. And I think anyone who knows me, who is a fan of mine knows that faith plays a key role in my life and that's on and off the wire. So hopefully we will raise some money for a great cause,” Wallenda told FOX 31 Denver.
The Salvation Army Intermountain Division’s event is to commemorate the anniversary of the charity’s founding. On July 2, 1865, a British preacher named William Booth began a ministry in east London that later became known as The Salvation Army. Today, the Army works in 127 counties around the world, with social service programs helping the homeless, children, the elderly, families and those battling addiction. They also help out with disasters, like wildfires and floods that have ravaged Colorado.
To purchase tickets to Wallenda’s Denver-area performance, click here. Money raised will help the charity assist the needy right here in our area.AlertMe