Sunday, January 18, 2015

Minot State Softballers Going for World Record

Don’t know much about the Minot State softball team? Check out the Guinness Book of World Records next year, and you just might find them there.

To help them raise money for travel and other expenses, the team is trying to set a new world record for the longest continuous whiffle ball game.

Senior Leyna Downey came up with the idea and did the legwork, writing to Guinness and setting up the logistics for the record attempt. She and nine others are participating, and by Guinness rules, must be active parts of the game for the entirety of the attempt. 33 hours, 33 minutes, and 33 seconds is the goal.

They’ve been going at it since early Saturday morning, and should finish later this afternoon. The entire games must be videotaped and “official” – scoring and umpire included, and multiple witnesses and a counting clock are musts. Unlike the game’s players, though, the witnesses can sub out throughout the process.

The team gathered nearly $3,500 in donations prior to starting their record-setting attempt.

Take a look at the team’s Twitter feed here for updates from the first 20+ hours of the attempt.

If you’d like to contribute monetarily, you can do so here.

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