Seniors aim for Guinness World Record

The Washington University in St. Louis Class of 2010 hopes to leave a lasting impression by setting a Guinness World Record for the longest human massage chain in history.

The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., with the record-breaking attempt at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 16, at Francis Field on the Danforth Campus. The rain location is the Athletic Complex.

Independent observers from the community will be on hand to verify the results, and if successful, Guinness will recognize the new record.

The current world-record massage chain is 617 people, who completed the necessary three minutes of massage technique without pause in January 2010 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

“We’re excited,” says senior class President Fernando Cutz. “This will be a great way to bring the class together one last time, have a lot of fun and create some lasting memories.”

There are 1,480 students in this year’s class, and Cutz is hoping more than 700 participate.

This is not the first time WUSTL students have attempted a Guinness World Record. During Freshman Orientation in 2005, 926 members of the incoming class gathered in the Athletic Complex to attempt to break the world record for the most people to play the game “Simon Says.”

Along with the game’s caller, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, the gathering of students was the largest number of people to play the game, shattering the old record of 598 set by schoolchildren in China. That WUSTL record was broken in 2007.

For more information, contact Cutz at or at (954) 993-6103.