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Public invited to attempt new Guinness World Records

Events take place Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Sunday in Iowa City

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two groups in the Corridor are attempting to break some large world records this weekend, and they need the public’s help.

Hula-Hoop workout

On Saturday, the Rockwell Collins Recreation Center looks to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest, five-minute Hula-Hoop workout. The workout begins at 9:30 a.m. and at least 408 participants are needed to best the current record, set in March 2013 by North Lanarkshire Leisure LTD with Powerhoop UK/Innertrak LTD in Motherwell, Scotland.

Cost to participate is $5 and all proceeds benefit Friends of Cedar Lake, a coalition of stakeholders dedicated to preserving Cedar Lake.

The first 180 participants to register receive a free Hula-Hoop, but others must bring their own. Registration is open through Saturday and walk-ins are welcome.

A participant doesn’t need to keep the Hula-Hoop up continuously for five minutes, explained Brenda Cloud, program manager at the Rockwell Collins Recreation Center. However, she said participants do have to keep up the workout.

Cloud said the idea for the event came in an attempt to entice more participants to Rockwell Collins Recreation Center’s weekly Hula-Hoop classes. Following the record-breaking attempt, participants can stay for a free Hula-Hoop class from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

“We’re going to have a great time, even if we don’t break the record,” Cloud said.

Fist Bumping


On Sunday, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people fist bumping simultaneously during Havoc in Hubbard, a kickoff for the University of Iowa’s Homecoming week at Hubbard Park.

Fist bumping is set to begin at 5 p.m. Cost to participate is $5 with funds benefiting Iowa Valley Habitat, which serves Johnson, Cedar, Iowa and Washington counties.

To register, text the word “fistbump” to 56512. Participants must show the confirmation text to volunteers in the park starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday

The current record — 1,820 individuals fist bumping at once — was set in November 2011 by Shiatook Public Schools in Oklahoma.



What: Attempt to set new Guinness World Record for largest Hula-hoop workout.

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday; check-in begins at 9 a.m.

Where: Rockwell Collins Sports Park, 400 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids.

Cost: $5. All proceeds benefit Friends of Cedar Lake.

Register: At the event or in advance at

Fist bumping

What: Attempt to set new Guinness World Record for most people fist bumping simultaneously.

When: 5 p.m. Sunday; check-in begins at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Hubbard Park, 51 N. Madison St., Iowa City.

Cost: $5. All proceeds benefit Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Register: Text “fistbump” to 56512.



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