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Winner arises after 30-Hour Coffin Challenge at Darien Lake

A Japanese death metal rock fan from Elmira was declared the winner Saturday of the 30-Hour Coffin Challenge at Six Flags Darien Lake.

Nathan Squiers took home a $600 cash prize, along with a season pass to the park next year and a pass to this year’s Fright Fest maze. The runners-up, Robin Basalla of Rochester and Mike Tedesco of Clinton, also received passes for the 2020 season and the Fright Fest maze.

Darien Lake communications manager Mike Arena said all three completed the entire 30 hours. Squiers won, he said, by scoring better in the ordeals that the contestants had to endure inside and outside their coffins, which included eating bugs, touring a haunted house, a scavenger hunt and a final hour spent covered with earthworms.

“I’m really pleased with the whole group,” Arena said. “(Squiers) was really the cream of the crop.”

Originally six contestants were chosen for the Coffin Challenge, but two bowed out for personal reasons and the other one didn’t show up Friday morning.

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