Endorphins... those are the lovely hormones that surge through our bodies which make us feel happy and good about ourselves and life in general. We could all do with more of that, right? Well what better way to get those endorphins flowing than doing something for charity and at the same time taking part in a World Record Breaking attempt? And if all goes to plan, you could get a mention in one of the world's most famous books... the Guinness World Book of Records.
Just about every day we hear news of some elite athlete or extraordinary individual who has broken a world record and we'd be forgiven for thinking that these achievements are best left to them. But don't be disheartened. There are many ways that ordinary people like you and me can get in on the action. I'm talking about group events and being a part of something big and spectacular, on a grand scale. Read on to find out about World Record Breaking attempts coming up in and around Australia that you can be a part of.
Largest Gathering of People Wearing Vests/Singlets/Tank Tops and Largest Parade of Utes
You would have to search for a long time to find a World Record attempt more Australian than this. Every year Deniliquin, in Southern NSW, hosts the Play on the Plains Festival and the Deni Ute Muster has become an integral part of this event. Deniliquin holds the world record for the largest parade of legally registered utes in the world with a whopping 2,839 drivers participating.
This year, on 29 September 2012, they will be challenging their own record, so bring your ute and be part of history. While you're there, buy yourself a World Record Blue Singlet (known in Australia as Blueys and traditionally worn by sheep shearers) and take part in the World Record blue singlet count – the largest gathering of people wearing singlets.
Photo courtesy of about.nsw.gov.au
The current record is 3,500 people. Last year the festival's chosen charity was Camp Quality. This year's chosen charity is yet to be announced. Visit their website to buy tickets and to find out more about this iconic Australian event.
On June 10, 2012 Maryborough in Queensland will be hosting a pub crawl and hope to break their own world record set in 2009 of 4,718 people on a pub crawl. Although 4,718 official cards were handed in, it's estimated that over 10,000 people participated in some way. This year they hope to raise $10,000 for the charity Give Me 5 For Kids. Click here for more information.
This world record attempt is being held in conjunction with World Wide Knit in Public Day. Mildura will host this cosy event on Saturday 9 June 2012 when they hope to take the mantle from Ireland who holds the record with 1,146 people knitting simultaneously. If you want to put Mildura on the map, grab your knitting needles and "knit one, pearl one" into the history books. Teams on the day will compete to knit the most number of squares and at the end of the event these squares will be sewn together and donated to St Vincent de Paul. To register or find out more information visit their website.
Most People Skipping Northgate and Eastlands Shopping Centres in Hobart are joining forces on 1 July 2012 to attempt a world record for the most people skipping at the same time. The current world record of 3,105 was set in 2008 by Singapore. Support your hometown, take your own rope and turn up for a fun event. Funds raised will go towards the Children's Food Education Foundation (CFEF). For more information visit this link.
If you're in Hobart on 19 August 2012, get your clown on and get down to Landsdowne Crescent Primary School for a world record attempt at the largest gathering of people dressed as clowns. One thousand people are needed to claim this title. Funds raised will go towards Clown Doctors. Visit this link for more information.
So what are you waiting for? Register for one of these world record attempts or start your own. If you know of any other World Record attempts coming up in Australia list them in the comments below.