PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. JUNE 30 - New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR puzzle master Will Shortz reached 1000 days in his ironman table tennis playing consecutive streak on Tuesday with a celebration at the Westchester Table Tennis Center which he is the co-owner.
Shortz, 62, has not missed a day playing since Oct 4, 2012 and during that span he has played in clubs across the country and in the UK, China, Japan and the Caribbean.
"People ask me all the time if playing table tennis everyday gets tiresome," said Shortz. "The answer is no. If it did, I would quit doing it. Life is too short to do things you don't like.
"Admittedly, there were a few days over the past few years when I was extra-busy or wasn't feeling great that, all things being equally, I wouldn't have minded skipping. But I played anyway just to keep the streak going," said Shortz
The streak is recognized by the industry as the longest in the sport's history.
"On behalf of all of us at USA Table Tennis and table tennis players everywhere, I would like to applaud and congratulate Will on this historic milestone, " said USA Table Tennis CEO Gordon Kaye. " Will has reached today through an unwavering passion for the game along with dedication, determination, ingenuity to find clubs to play on some days and lots of good health."
Shortz has no plans to stop playing and is on another quest to play in all 50 states. He has only Hawaii left.
"I realize that someday the streak will come to an end," said Shortz. "I'll get hit by a truck, my plane will get stuck at an airport or something else will go wrong. But until that happen, I plan to keep going."
- View all the places that Will has played at over this amazing journey! Visit the Westchester Table Tennis Club's website.