Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Longest high-five chain: Terre Haute breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
TERRE HAUTE, IN, USA -- As part of a United Way of the Wabash Valley initiative, Terre Haute broke the Guinness World Records' record for the longest high-five chain, with 1,647 people participating at Indiana State University's Hulman Center; Terre Haute broke the previous world record set in Shanghai, China, just a few months earlier, when more than 1,300 people participated, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Terre Haute broke the Guinness World Record for the longest high-five chain, with 1,647 people participating at Indiana State University's Hulman Center. Terre Haute broke the previous record set in Shanghai, China, just a few months earlier, when more than 1,300 people participated. Photo: Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the longest high five chain consists of 1,391 participants and was achieved by NU Skin Greater China (China) at the Shanghai Expo Center in Shanghai, China.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people performing a high five simultaneously; it was 4,699, achieved by The Kroger Co. (USA) at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
"It was a neat experience to see it go viral," Fears, the United Way executive director, told the Tribune-Star.
"We wanted it to be a community awareness event for United Way and Terre Haute, and that's what it was. ... Anytime someone breaks the Guinness World Record, people get excited; they know how difficult it is."
The event was designed to build momentum for the 2014 United Way Campaign; Fears hopes the campaign will set a record for money raised.
The High Five event, which raised about $3,000, served as a kickoff event. The money goes into the campaign and is earmarked for United Way programs that benefit children.
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Most 'high-fives' in an hour - Hoffman Estates High School students
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