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Dancing for Change: The 2nd Annual DDR Competition

Written on August 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm , by

Carrie Swidecki with her new DDR world record! (Photo courtesy of Konami)

Carrie Swidecki with her new DDR world record! (Photo courtesy of Konami)

Written by Alexa Cortese, web intern

We love ways to combine fitness and charity, so when we heard about Konami’s second annual DanceDanceRevolution competition in West Virginia, we had to get the scoop on what the event was all about.  Aside from raising awareness on the fight against childhood obesity, a Guinness World Record was broken, and students walked away with up to $2,500 in scholarships!

Carrie Swidecki, a second grade teacher from California broke the record for the longest marathon on a dance and rhythm game with an incredible time of 15 hours, 17 minutes and 44 seconds. Students and other participants had fun while staying active, which solidified the main theme of the event:  Helping children to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

Those who organized the tournament hope that their efforts will help to lower the number of overweight and obese children in this country, an epidemic that has steadily risen in recent years. The good news is that kids who attended the event now realize that exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, but can be extremely fun and entertaining, as well!

Now tell us: How do you help your kids get active?