In the end, Kroc Center Director Jason Perkins' wife silenced the bell.
As the contest rules went, Perkins was only allowed water and Gatorade during the marathon bell-ringing session, and lack of sleep was a factor at the end.
As Salvation Army Capt. Jonathan Harvey tells it, Perkins' wife hugged him and gently held his ringing arm still. After a moment of silence, the crowd around Jason erupted in applause, celebrating the 57 hours and 27 minutes Perkins was able to ring the bell.
Perkins may not have set a world record, but he set the western regional record and outlasted a key San Francisco rival. Other bell ringers on the east coast -- three as of 10 p.m. Saturday -- remained out of a field of more than 16 original bell ringers.
A Fox 40 Sacramento cameraman caught the last moments of Perkins' bell-ringing on camera, but it remains to be seen what kind of footage the news crew will air.
Patch will bring you a compilation of the coverage Perkins received on Monday.