By Roshan Fernandez and Anish Vasudevan
77 cubes. 24 minutes, five seconds. On Jan. 21, while other students were spending their three-day weekend studying or relaxing, junior Nitin Subramanian spent his time attempting to break a world record for most Rubik’s Cubes solved while running 5,000 meters. The previous record was 40 — Subramanian shattered that record only halfway through his run. He stopped solving cubes not because he had completed the run, but because he had run out of cubes to solve.
The process of trying to break a Guinness World Record is gruesome and tiring, filled with waiting periods and occasionally unfortunate news. In June of 2018, Subramanian discovered the Rubik’s Cube mile — an event where participants were tasked to solve four cubes in four laps. He then set out to break the world record, even completing the Rubik’s Cube mile, but Guinness denied his request to recognize the attempt. However, in September, Subramanian decided to try for another record, which mixed his two favorite hobbies: long-distance running and solving Rubik’s Cubes.