New Laser Tag World Record Set in Lynchburg
Lynchburg, VA - More than 300 people gathered at Riverfront Park in Lynchburg Saturday morning to attempt to break a world record for the largest laser tag game.
The game was also a fundraiser. All the money went to the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center.
After months of pledges and fundraisers, hundreds came out to the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center's Walk for Life.
The goal of $30,000 was raised, all to help those with unplanned pregnancies.
"My first cousins were adopted and they're only living because their parents chose life and decided to give their kids up for adoption rather than abortion and I have three smiling faces that I love that I get to thank for that- so I love partnering with these kind of organizations," said Eli Seale, who participated in the walk/run.
For Laser Tag Source, the event was the perfect opportunity to get involved.
"When we found Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center and we found out what they were about- we loved what they were doing and we wanted to partner with them," said Mike Kirby, Owner of Laser Tag Source.
Laser Tag Source donated their equipment so that people could break the world record for largest laser tag game. The previous holder was Australia with 307 players.
"I've never broken a world record before and it's not something that you can do every day- and we have the capability of doing it, so we wanted to do it," Kirby said.
The camera was there to keep track and submit the numbers to The Guinness World Book of Records.
The title once held by Australia, will now say Lynchburg, Virginia.
"We are beyond excited. We are not only breaking a Guinness World Record, but this is absolutely the largest turnout for a walk that we've ever had- so we are thrilled," said Lori Meetre, Executive Director Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center.
"It's been absolutely amazing meeting all these people that share the same passion and share the same goal. I think it's really cool that we got to experience it," said Seale said.
The footage from the event will be sent to the Guinness World Book of Records and the title will be published in the next edition.
Participants didn't go home empty handed. Many local businesses donated prizes for those who raised the most money.
The grand prize was a seven day cruise. There was a tie for the prize, so two cruises were awarded to the winners.