University plans Zumba record attempt

Aug. 25, 2011 at 3:30 AM

EMPORIA, Kan., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A Kansas university said it wants to draw a crowd of 1,500 people to its stadium to set a Guinness World Record for the largest Zumba class.

Emporia State University said it will try to get at least that many people to turn up at Welch Stadium Sept. 1 to learn Zumba, which the school described as a Latin-inspired "fitness party."

Officials with the school's Recreation Services and Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation said they want to beat the current world record for the dance-like exercise craze, set by 1,223 people April 30 at a University of Texas Houston School of Public Health event.

"We want to encourage everyone in the community to come help us reach the record," said Whitney Runer, assistant director of recreation services at ESU. "And don't worry if you have never done Zumba before because no prior experience is necessary to join."

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Eli Manning explains pout face after Broncos' Super Bowl score
Watch Katie Holmes dance like Beyonce on 'The Tonight Show'
Warner Music to pay back licensing fees for 'Happy Birthday' copyright
Daring duo arrested for sex on Las Vegas' 550-foot Ferris wheel
Car spins out of control, lands on roof of California home