Renowned Skydiver Jay Stokes Announces Bid to Set Guinness World Record for Most Parachute Jumps in 24 Hours

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Man takes on the ultra marathon of skydiving--a jump every 2 minutes--for history and charity.

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This is all about recognizing the heroes in our world. The kids, the athletes, the military service members, this is for them.

Today, Jay Stokes announced his attempt to complete 700 skydives in 24 hours and break his own World Record on September 5 and 6, 2014 at Skydive Indianapolis. His goal is to make history—and raise over $200,000 for charity.

Jay made the announcement at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, whose foundation is one of the three charities he will be going to extremes to help. The others are Special Olympics Indiana and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which helps support and provide scholarships for the children of Special Operations Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines wounded or killed in the line of duty.

“This is all about recognizing the heroes in our world," Jay explained. “The kids, the athletes, the military service members, this is for them.”

It is, indeed, an effort of determination and sacrifice. Completing 700 jumps in 24 hours requires months of training, tremendous expertise and stamina, not to mention 4 planes, 30 parachute systems, 24 parachute riggers and packers, over 120 ground staff, and countless volunteers.

Jay, who set the World Record in 2006 with 640 jumps, knows exactly what it takes. In truth, his entire life has led up to this moment. He served 24 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces “Green Berets” and he holds all military and civilian skydiving ratings up to instructor/examiner. He is the current Chairman of the Board of the United States Parachute Association. And, if he makes his goal, this will be the 6th time he will have set the Guinness World Record for most parachute jumps in 24-hours.

As Bob Dougherty, owner of Skydive Indianapolis, and participant in three of Jay’s past World Record successes explains, “This is a major event in the world of skydiving and for this region. In 2006, Jay’s World Record garnered international and national media attention, over 2 million individuals visited his website, and countless spectators came to watch and marvel. It was an inspiration to all. We fully expect this attempt to be even bigger.”

Click here to watch a short excerpt from the uplifting and inspirational documentary about Jay’s 2006 Most Jumps attempt.

Most Jumps 2014 will take place from 8 a.m. September 5 until 8 a.m. September 6, 2014 at Skydive Indianapolis, located just 30 minutes north of the I-465/I-65 interchange in Frankfort, Indianapolis. For more details about Jay Stokes, 700 jumps, and the event itself, please visit

To learn more about the charities and ways to donate to them, sponsor this event or volunteer, please visit or contact Bob Dougherty at 317.843.2726.

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