07/11/2012 12:36 pm ET | Updated Jul 11, 2012

Gary Coleman, 70-Year-Old Minister, Rides Roller Coaster 7,000 Times

Don Helbig, Kings Island

While most Americans were celebrating the Fourth of July, Gary Coleman was busy marking his 7,000th ride on the Diamondback coaster at Ohio's Kings Island amusement park, ABC News reports.

Coleman, a 70-year-old retired minister, told Fox 19 in Cincinnati that he began riding the coaster when it opened in 2009 "just for fun."

He would eventually spend 350 hours on the ride over the course of four years.

“I’ve always loved roller coasters since I’ve been a kid. It’s been a hobby. It’s what I like to do. I like to relax doing it. It’s a form of relaxation,” Coleman told ABC.

Coleman wore a t-shirt bearing the number 7,000 to mark the feat, the distance of which is equal to someone traveling across the U.S. and more than halfway back again, reports NBC 4 in Columbus.

Coleman told ABC he hopes to hit 10,000 rides by the end of next year.

See what it's like to take a front-row ride on the Diamondback in the video below.