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Eimeo SLSC flags world record attempt

Imagine the sight of more than 500 people sprinting along Eimeo Beach in a flag race.


That’s the vision of Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club which is trying to break the Guinness world record for the largest beach flag race.


Eimeo club administrator Louise Maxfield said the event was about creating exposure for the Eimeo club.


“Also the surf lifesaving movement but it’s mainly to put Eimeo on the map,” she said.


To beat the record, currently held by a Japanese club, at least 401 runners are needed.


“We’re aiming for 500 because there may be a few that drop out,” Maxfield said.


Besides the runners, Maxfield said about 50 volunteers were needed to help run the event.


Eimeo director of surf sports Alan Zamparutti said there were certain criteria that had to be followed to certify the record.


“You need a fair few to be officials, you have to video the whole thing and you need an aerial shot too,” he said.


The record will be attempted on October 18 just to the right of the clubhouse, with each leg of the run to be 20 metres.


Maxfield said at the start of the record attempt, 500 runners would sprint for 400 flags.


“That happens four times until there’s 100 flags left, and then it will go one-by-one,” she said.


“Then there will be 100 people left and 99 flags and so on.”


The flag race could take up four hours to actually complete.


“Twenty metres isn’t that far to run but if you do 100 times, you’ve got to be fit,” Zamparutti said.


Three of the world’s best flag racers – Simon Harris, Peter Roberts and Michael Jones who is from Mackay – will take part.


People can register for the event by visiting the club’s website, www.eimeoslsc.com.au.


Maxfield said it would cost $20 to register for the race.


“They get an event t-shirt, a flag and the kudos of being part of the record.”

Article courtesy of the Mackay Daily Mercury

For further information, visit http://eimeoslsc.com.au/world-record-attempt/

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