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Idaho State University attempts to set world record

By Kaitlin Loukides
Published On: Aug 25 2013 06:28:52 PM CDT

Idaho State University students attempt to break a world record to get students back into the school spirit.

Pocatello, Idaho -

Hundreds of students gathered at Bartz Field over the weekend in attempt to slip into the Guinness Book of World Records.

What started as a fun activity to welcome new students into the community before the first day of school, ended in a goal to immortalize the university.

"I just went down and checked," event coordinator Kayla Miller said. "We are only about 20 minutes in and already at 100,000 feet so we are blowing this out of the water."

In order to beat the world record for the longest distance traveled on a slip and slide, the students had to glide more than 82,000 feet in under an hour. This equates to about eight miles of soapy sliding.

In just under one hour, witnesses and event coordinators recorded a record of almost 36-miles.

More than 200 students slid down a tarp measuring 108-feet long and 24-feet wide. Students averaged more than 12 turns each at sliding down the slippery-slope.

Miller said they were required to have non-partisan witnesses to make sure the count was accurate, documenting every single student who slid down.

"We were really careful to make sure we had the details that we need to the Guinness Book of World Records so they know we are doing this, and they are ready to see our application to get approved for that," Miller said.

Miller also mentioned the students will hear back from Guinness in about three months before they receive the final word as to whether or not they successfully broke the world record.

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