Students to attempt to set world record for largest game of tag

By on November 18, 2009

A popular recess activity from elementary school can potentially lead to notoriety for some Quinnipiac students.

Students in Assistant Professor of Management Robert Halliday’s Management 210 class are organizing an attempt to break the world record for the largest game of tag.

The world record attempt will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. on the Quad. The current world record is 465 by École Campbell town school in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. The planning of this world record attempt is the group’s semester-long project for Halliday’s course.

“I feel like this is one thing students can get excited for,” said sophomore Daniel Roark, a student in the class. “I feel like most students here don’t really participate in things, but I feel that this is something different, something new that people would actually want to do.”

The way the game works is simple: the participants will wear pinnies and four or five people will be “it.”

To set the world record, the organizers will have to send in proof in the form of video and signatures from participants. The creator of the Facebook event advertising the attempt, sophomore Kendall Keil, thinks they will be able to get at least 466 people to participate.

“We’ve been talking to a lot of people,” she said. “We sent out a survey and a lot of people seemed interested.”

Students at the University of Virginia attempted to break this record last December, but they fell short. They charged $5, with proceeds going to the UVA Children’s Hospital.

Halliday’s students, however, are not trying to raise funds.

“We feel that not as many people would participate [if they had to pay],” Keil said.

The students would like to give out prizes to the winner of the event as well, but with no budget, that could be tough.

“We’re hoping to get prizes for the winner, but because we’re not a student organization, it’s more difficult,” Keil said. “We’d really like a reward for the winner.”

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  1. jane

    March 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    how many people showed up?