Emporia State wants to set Zumba world record

August 22, 2011

The state of Texas may be known for measuring everything as big, but organizers at Emporia State University want to show that Emporia, Kan., can do Zumba bigger and better than Texas.

ESU’s Recreation Services and Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation want at least 1,500 people to fill Welch Stadium on Sept. 1 to set a new Guinness World Record. The City of Brownsville, Texas, and the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health set the record April 30 when 1,223 people showed up for a Zumba class.

Zumba is an easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning “fitness party.” The ESU event will be taught by Zumba Jammer Amy Hayden of Emporia. As a Zumba Jammer, Hayden is a choreography expert who provides other Zumba instructors  with innovative, new choreography to spice up their classes.

The free event is open to everyone.

“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.”

It’s simple to participate — just be on Jones Field at ESU’s Welch Stadium by 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. The gates open at 6:15 p.m. and you’ll be given a wristband. Give yourself enough time to get in and be ready to Zumba at 7 p.m. The class runs one hour.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to get ESU in the record books,” said Runer, “and it’s going to be a fun way to get involved with ESU.”

For more information, call Runer at (620) 341-5944.

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