WASHINGTON (Nov. 9, 2004)—It’s official! National Geographic Kids magazine today walked into the Guinness World Records with the world’s longest line of footprints — a total of 10,932 prints, measuring almost two miles.
The feat was confirmed by Stuart Claxton, head of U.S. research and TV development for Guinness World Records, and witnessed by Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs and FOX 5 weathercaster Sue Palka. Also on hand were fifth- and sixth-graders from Harriet Tubman School in Washington, D.C., who contributed their footprints to the effort.
It took NG Kids magazine four months to collect footprints from readers, friends, parents, siblings and a few notables, including actress Angelina Jolie and “Jeopardy!”‘s Alex Trebek. Many people turned their prints into works of art, using paint, pens, glitter, stickers, beads and shells. “Foot families,” flags and other patriotic themes were popular submissions.
“One of the magazine’s most popular monthly features is the Guinness World Records section,” said NG Kids Editor in Chief Melina Bellows. “We thought it would be fun to have our readers establish a record of their own. The response was overwhelming.”
The creatively decorated prints were wrapped around National Geographic headquarters building in downtown Washington, where they were individually counted today by Claxton.
National Geographic Kids, a multitopic, photo-driven magazine for 6- to 14-year-olds, empowers its readers by making it fun to learn about the world. Published 10 times a year, this award-winning magazine with a circulation of 1.2 million is available by subscription for $19.95 a year and on newsstands for $3.95 a copy. Its Web site is at nationalgeographic.com/ngkids;
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