On a chilly Thursday morning close to 500 Loyola University students gathered to break the largest crab-walking record
College students are typically crabby for several reasons, but walking like crabs is a different story. The group of students set the Guinness World Record for the most people crab-walking at once, 494 students.
Everyone's favorite weatherman, Al Roker, walked up and down the crowd of students, cheering them on and broadcasting the school's spirit to the "Today" show's audience. A conveniently timed stop on his "Roker-thon" tour of college campuses attempting world records. He claimed crab-walking was indeed, "a young person's sport."
With numb hands and feet, the group completed their record. For two minutes the students scuttled around to win the acclaimed title, becoming the crab-walking champs in our crab loving state.
"It's a challenging physical thing to do,"Guinness World Record Adjudicator Michael Empiric said, "it's a great record, and it's so appropriate for where we are: Baltimore's known for crabs."
The idea to break a record actually started with senior Bob Trosset suggesting the school host the world's largest crab feast. While the universities' officials footed the bill for the $6,000 endeavor, apparently there was no standing record for the largest crab feast -- so there was no record to break on national television. Thus, the crab-walking idea was born.
If this seems like a joke, we assure you, it was not. Students trained for two weeks to be able to pull it off. Empiric was equally serious about the event. Six Loyola students were disqualified for not crab walking for the full two minutes, which is why the record now stands at 494 instead of the intended 500.
Overall, the event was a hit and Loyola University put itself on the Guinness map!