Longest chain of shoes-National Geographic
Kids magazine sets world record
WASHINGTON D.C., USA --National
Geographic Kids magazine set a World Record Wednesday
for the longest chain of shoes: more than 10,500 sneakers
were tied together by their laces, heel to toe, measuring
a total length of 1.65 miles.
Eight-year-old Peter Wajda from Mount Laurel, New Jersey stands
in front of some of the 10,512 shoes on display July 2, 2008
in the courtyard at the National Geographic Society in Washington,
DC.Peter organized a shoe drive recruiting family, schoolmates
and his pediatrician and collected 509 shoes. KAREN BLEIER
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"We're delighted with the response we received
from kids around the country," says National
Geographic Kids magazine Editor-in-Chief Melina Bellows.
"They embraced this project that benefits the environment,
involved their communities and will help other children."
The magazine spent six months collecting
sneakers sent by readers, families, Girl Scout and Boy Scout
troops and schools. Actress Cameron Diaz and members of the
U.S. Women's National Soccer Team also donated their old sneakers
to the project.
The shoes are part of a larger cause to encourage
recycling and to reduce the amount of trash in landfills.
The sneakers will be sent to Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe
program, which recycles the shoes into material that
can be used to build athletic surfaces: basketball courts,
soccer fields, and playgrounds.
program has a drop-off location in Rehobeth Beach. Shoes can
also be sent directly to Nike's Recycling Center. For more