Record Workout Attempt Raises Money for Charities

Almost 2,000 people gathered for a circuit training event in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Story is updated with result...

Almost 2,000 people gathered for a circuit training event in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

Story is updated with results of the world record attempt and comment from the organizers:

They fell just short of entering the Guinness Book of World Records, but the organizers of Breaking Records for Charities say they consider last Saturday's huge group workout a victory for all involved.

"They could deny the record, but at the end of the day for us, it's a win because we brought five communities together," said personal trainer Roger Kaman on Saturday afternoon.

Kaman and Loree Olson (left) are founders of the Murrieta-based mobile gym Your Fit City. Last October, searching for ways to bring communities together and support local charities, they created Breaking Records for Charities.

The event, held in the parking lot of Lake Elsinore Storm stadium, was the first event designed to break a Guinness World Record. Calling upon their experience in leading group workouts, Kaman and Olson invited local residents to gather in an attempt to take part in the largest circuit training event ever.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, those who attended followed a trainer's lead and took part in a 30-minute workout -- all at the same time. The official count of participants was announced Tuesday as 1,989 -- a bit short of the Guiness World Record of 2,061.

Even so, a substantial amount of money was raised for local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County, Conquer Chiari, the Oak Grove Center and Rancho Damacitas, which are all organizations that help children in the area. Registration was free, but participants were urged to donate to one of the charities.

On Tuesday, the organizers of the event released the following statement:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, committee members and all of the absolutely amazing people involved with Breaking Records for Charities, we would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in Saturday's attempt held at Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium to break the Guinness Book World RecordsTM for the "Largest Circuit Training Held In A Single Location"!

While we unequivocally consider the event a huge success in every respect, the burning question that everyone wants to know is, "Did we break the record?"

To evaluate the outcome of Saturday's event based only on the answer to this question would allow a dramatic misunderstanding of what this event was truly all about. We had several goals when we first started planning Saturday's event back in May 2014.

One of our primary goals was to raise money for local charities. Was this accomplished? Yes! And the process of collecting donations continues to be ongoing. That being said, we would be remiss if we didn't mention that you can still donate: http://www.breakingrecordsforcharities.com and click on "Donate".

Another goal was to provide exposure for local businesses. Did the event accomplish this? Yes! There were over 100 sponsors and vendors in attendance that got great exposure.

We also had a goal of raising health and fitness awareness throughout the Valley. Did we pull it off? Yes! We had representation from five communities at Saturday's event, including city Mayors, council members, an Assembly member, local veterans, Reality TV stars, military, groups and organizations, business owners and residents.

And.... last but certainly not least, we had 1,989 people participate in the Circuit Training workout. While this number falls just barely short of the 2,062 needed to break the record, above everything else we KNOW this:

-- The communities came together like we have never seen before and the event will leave a legacy of blessing the lives of thousands of people.
-- Most importantly - we glorified our Lord Jesus by giving our all and doing our best!


"We've been in the community, networking and building relationships, for a few years," Kaman said. "I'm passionate about sharing with business owners about how to share with the community -- not just make money. That community sharing is what we're all about."

Kaman said he will soon make an announcement about the next record-breaking attempt to raise money for charities. Those who are interested in learning more may visit the group's Facebook page.

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