Guinness still has to officially verify the record, however, 1,400-1,500 people showed up at the Forks today to participate in the Winnipeg record attempt for the longest ice skating chain in the world. More information here.
The most popular reference books in my school library are the Guinness World Records annual books showcasing photos and information about a variety of world records established or surpassed in the years leading up to the book’s publication. The 2008 book, with a shiny red foil cover and glow-in-the-dark features, examined sports records, epic endeavours, incredible stunts, environmental records, inspirational people, consumer technology and entertainment, animal records, and, perhaps the most fun and easily participated in types of records, those for mass participation.
If you live within driving or skating distance of Winnipeg and have a free afternoon Moday February 18 (our province’s first official Louis Riel Day), you’ll have your own chance to be part of such a record – - The World’s Longest Ice Skating Chain.
The record is currently held by a group of 200 school children in Mexico City, who seen here, achieved the feat in January of this year.With promotion from Winnipeg’s Hot 103 radio station, organizer of Winnipeg’s attempt, Dean Koshelanyk, hopes to secure the record for our city. It only seems fitting as Winnipeg’s skating trail at the Forks recently beat out Ottawa’s Rideau Canal for if not the biggest, at least the longest outdoor rink.
To participate and be counted as part of the record, you need to register between 12:30 and 2:10. Registration forms can be downloaded here but you still need to present them on-site. The line up on the ice starts at 2 p.m. with the event starting promptly at 2:30. You must have skates, be able to skate forward and stop and hold onto the person in front of you while skating for a full 3 minutes. Find more information here.