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updated Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11am
Organizer Andrew Tessier says Saturday’s world record attempt fell a bit short. They had a total of 724 somersaulters and needed 836 to break the record. Via his Twitter account, Tessier said Saturday’s turnout was a 600% increase over last November’s attempt in St. Louis, and he plans on trying again.
our earlier story:
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The guy known as the “Barrel Roll Man” staged a world record attempt, Saturday, in Forest Park, as a fundraiser for a St. Louis charity.
Andrew Tessier hoped to get 836 participants to each do a somersault down Art Hill at the same time, “Everyone’s really excited. Everyone really is looking forward to getting their name on a certificate and in the record book for Guinness.”
Each “roller” made a donation to Nurses for Newborns in order to take part.
Melinda Ohlenmiller is the director of the charity, “We serve babies who were born with health problems or who were born into families really struggling around the birth of that baby. This money will go toward at-home nursing services.”
Organizers brought in a helicopter to take aerial photos, so Guinness can literally count the number of somersaulters.
It appeared that St. Louis was close to breaking the record on Saturday. The final count has not been released yet to KMOX.