April 20, 2012 should be one for the books — the record books that is.
If Julie Leggatt has anything to say about it, Fort St. James just might make the Guiness Book of World Records this year, if all goes as planned.
Leggat is helping to coordinate and organize the Fort St. James efforts involved in an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest fitness circuit workout.
The current world record is for 317 people at a single venue.
The attempt on April 20 will be with the goal of 5,0000 people at a minimum of 10 venues, the Fort Forum being one of them.
The Cowichan Sportsplex in Duncan will be leading the event, as the original idea came from their events coordinator.
The idea started with Jessica Anderson on Vancouver Island who is a friend of friends of Leggatt’s, and so Anderson invited Leggatt to get Fort St. James involved, and Leggatt, an education assistant at David Hoy Elementary, liked the idea.
“We thought it was a great way to bring our community together in a healthy, positive way,” she said.
So about six weeks ago she began talking to Anderson about it and talking to others in the community.
In the last month, she has gotten more involved in the organization and has so far gotten participation commitments from every local area school which was available on the date.
So David Hoy, Sowchea, Nakalbun, and Fort St. James Secondary School will all be there on the big day. Leggatt also hopes their parents will want to get involved as well to help show leadership and how important healthy, active lifestyles are for children.
The circuit will be a “quick, easy workout that everybody should be capable of doing,” said Leggatt. It will consist of a series of fairly simple exercises people can do at their own level and will go for 30 minutes.
The attempt will take place at noon on April 20 at the Fort Forum, but participants should be there by 11:30 a.m. so they have time to sign in to be counted.
“This event is going to be big,” said Anderson in her release about the event, “and it is going to bring attention to how important fitness is in our lives.”
The record attempt will be videotaped and photographed for documentation for the Guinness Book and once participants begin, they have to stay for the 30 minutes of the circuit to be counted.
Anyone who would like to help or would like more information can contact Julie Leggatt at 250-996-1936.