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UPS students go for world record with 3.5 mile hopscotch course

TACOMA, Wash. -- The University of Puget Sound could soon hold the Guinness World Record for longest hopscotch course.

Dozens of "hoppers" tested their leg-strength Sunday on a 3.5 mile path. Two students, Brandon Johnson and Graham Robinson, were the first to cross the finish line, which is the minimum required by Guinness. They completed the course in 1 hour and 41 minutes, but it's the distance, not the time, that would set the record.

"The two said it took a lot of concentration, and it was particularly hard because the course included several curbs they had to jump up and down, and the first mile involved a lot of an uphill slant," said event spokesperson Shirley Skeel. " The course wound back and forth through parking lots and along sidewalks at the University of Puget Sound campus."

Skeel says to set the record, two official monitors had to watch that the hoppers always had a least one foot in a square. The hoppers could not sit down, though they could stand and rest for water breaks.

We're still waiting for Guinness to verify the results.

The current record is just under 3-1/2 miles.

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