• Despite coming up short on their Guinness Book of World Records bid, organizers were pleased with event
The Living Waters Church 24-hour sliding marathon came up short by Guinness World Record Book standards, but the first-time event managed to raise more than $1,800 toward new playground equipment.
Corrine Brewer, the Slide-a-thon coordinator, called the effort to attract 600 sliders and break into the book of world records valiant but said only 328 people had a ride on the slide at the July 12 event.
The event was created to raise money for a playground. Church officials expect to open a new playground at the Elk River church in August with the help of the money raised.
“The event was extremely successful as young and old alike participated in live music, sliding, all kinds of food, Gaga ball tournaments, community worship and finally an outdoor movie on the church lawn,” Brewer said. “KARE 11 News was even there and their camera man went down the slide to contribute to the fun.”
Tina Jenson and Pat Jenson School & Stables located in Rockford brought in a horse and two ponies to give the children a special treat and help raise an additional $60 for the playground.
Brewer said she was proud of how the event turned out.
“So many people from the community helped us get the word out, volunteered their time and skills, and joined us for this crazy and unique fundraiser,” she said.
Dave Weigel, pastor at Living Waters Church said, next year, with the playground already built “we’ll go for the record again but make it a free event, something fun to bless the community with.”