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Winnipeg Skaters Set Record for Longest On-Ice Chain

February 4, 2018 4:44 PM | News

Chain for Change

Skaters form a line on the Red River Sunday in the Chain for Change near The Forks. (ACE BURPEE / TWITTER)

Winnipeggers skated into the record books on Sunday, forming the longest “chain” on ice to break a Guinness World Record.

The Chain for Change was held on World Cancer Day to not only set a record, but to fundraise for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

The previous record for the longest connected chain of skaters was 370, but nearly 400 people helped to surpass that at The Forks between the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

Organizers hit their initial goal of $20,000 late last month and continued to fundraise beyond that in the fight against cancer.

Despite the frigid temperatures and fierce wind on Sunday, skaters seemed enthused to be a part of such a record-breaking attempt.

To be considered a record, skaters had to glide 400 metres uninterrupted and in unison. Officials with Guinness will need to verify the attempt before declaring the event an official record-breaker.

In the end, about $146,000 was raised for CancerCare.

— Staff