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It's official: Cosumnes River Elementary School students helped set a Guinness world record for the most people skipping rope at the same time in multiple locations. The new record, with hundreds of Rancho Murieta children taking part,  is 70,880 kids jumping rope at 294 venues, surpassing the old record of 59,000 handily.

Pupils in grades 1-6 took part in the statewide event Feb. 1 by jumping rope nonstop for 10 minutes in the school yard.  (See story here.)

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There was a lot of jumping at Cosumnes River Elementary, helping to set the record in February.  (RanchoMurieta.com file photo)

Drisha Leggitt, executive director of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, notified CRES late last month that the Guiness organization had certified the results.

The goal was to have 83,000 school children jump rope to beat the record set in Australia. Leggitt's association partnered with the American Heart Association and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for the challenge.

This is the notification CRES received:

Dear CAHPERD Members and Friends,

I'm very pleased to announce that the California Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD), in partnership with Jamba Juice, and the great support of the American Heart Association and California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, now officially hold the Guinness World Record for the "Most People Skipping Rope (multiple locations)"!

Our final official number is: 70,880 participants from 294 venues!

We are working with the Guinness World Record organization to receive an electronic copy of their official logo, and will link to their website as soon as they have posted our new Record. We will also soon be offering Guinness and "CAHPERD Jamba Jump Day" logo banners, shirts and other items for purchase, so that you can proudly display to the world that you are a member of a Guinness World Record-breaking organization!

Until then, please check CAHPERD's YouTube video that displays photos of the many participants that made this amazing feat a reality:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2xA9hIQvZ4

Also, please offer your heartiest congratulations to the three people that led this never-before attempted effort and made this Guinness World Record a reality:  Jump Rope for Heart and "CAHPERD Jamba Jump Day" Coordinators Judy Ameluxen and Patti Suppe, and (then) CAHPERD President-Elect Dan Latham! Also, special thanks to the CAHPERD State Office Staff! Without their tremendous hard work, dedication, enthusiasm and vision, CAHPERD never would have achieved this tremendous Guinness World Record!

Congratulations to all of the "CAHPERD Jamba Jump Day" participants and supporters! And thank you for your continued membership and support of Guinness World Record Holder: CAHPERD!

Best Wishes,

Drisha Leggitt, Executive Director
California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

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