Huntsville breaks world record for largest group doing burpee

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Von Braun Center hosted its second annual Rocket City Tailgate Challenge, featuring free fun for the whole family.

But this year, it put itself in the record books for fitness.

"Diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, we are at the top of the list," said Dr. Sarah Jacobs, owner of HealthSource.

Teaming up with the challenge, hundreds showed up to break the Guinness World Record for the 'Most people performing burpees simultaneously.'

A burpee is when you begin in a plank position, thrust your feet backwards, and jump up in the air. Participants had to do them continuously for two minutes straight to be counted. The challenge brought adults and children alike, as well as an official from Guinness to make sure it was legitimate.

"We have records for everything, we get 40,000 applications a year," said Philip Robertson, adjudicator for the world record organization. "This is a health record, which is great for the community and that, too, is exciting."

The group could make three attempts to break the current record: 295. On the first try, 16 were deducted from the original try for stopping at some point during the two-minute stretch.

But that left a whopping 386 completing the challenge.

"We want to not only break it but set this record so it does not get broke, and we hold onto this record," said Von Braun Center group sales manager Craig Maples.

"This is our way to show that we can take a stand and health is a choice," said Dr. Jacobs.