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Tap this: new distance record

SAN FRANCISCO -- Fifteen tap dancers, led by long-distance tap champ 'Rosie Radiator,' broke their 2-year-old record by dancing 7.3 miles.

Rosie, whose real name is Bess Bair, and her 14 charges began their noisy trek in the Potrero Hill district Saturday and ended it four hours and 16 minutes later at Pier 39, where they were showered with confetti by a crowd of about 100 people.

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The 41-year-old dancer's 1985 record, as verified by the Guinness Book of Records, was 5.4 miles.

Rosie started what Mayor Dianne Feinstein called in a proclamation 'a San Francisco tradition' in 1976, when she tapped across the Golden Gate Bridge on Labor Day.

Saturday's long-distance tap, however, is her last.

'We've decided to pass it on to the other tap dancers of the nation,' she said. 'Let them carry it on.'

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