Winnipeg skates into the record books
Hundreds of bundled-up Winnipeggers hit the Red River Mutual Trail Sunday to write the city’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Chain for Change saw residents try to break the record for the longest chain of ice skaters; a record that on Saturday sat at 370 people.
Sunday, an unofficial count said 395 skaters laced up and connected to smash the record.
The attempt happened at the Forks in honor of Feb. 4 being World Cancer Day.
The event was not only just a chance to write history, however. All the money raised by participants is going to a CancerCare Manitoba to help those in need in the province.
Chain for Change had a fundraising goal of $20,000: on Sunday, Mayor Brain Bowman announced that a grand total of $146,000 will be going to the foundation.
Director Karly Tardiff said she’s thrilled with the outcome.
“The CancerCare Manitoba Foundation is great because all the money stays local,” Tardiff said. “This goes to families and patients in need in Manitoba.”
“It was amazing,” Tardiff said. “[The record was] very Winnipeg of us.”
Skaters created a conga line and had to skate 400 meters down the river.
Winnipeg already boasted the Guinness World Record for the longest naturally frozen skating trail.
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