Students from Fowler Elementary helped set new Guinness World Records mark in sport stacking on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Students from Fowler Elementary helped set new Guinness World Records mark in sport stacking on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Local stackers take aim at Guinness World Record in sport stacking.

"Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day."

Did you know stacking and un-stacking plastic cups is an energizing, brain-activating and world-record-setting activity? On Thursday Nov. 17, thousands of participants took part in what Guinness World Records terms the "World's Largest Sport stacking Event." During the course of Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all reaches of the world will be up stacking and down stacking various pyramids in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities. Sights were set on 625,000 stackers participating as sport stacking with Speed Stacks continues to gain popularity around the world.

Last year, 618, 394 stackers participated to break the previous year's STACK UP! record of 592,292. Once again, tens of thousands of stackers were expected to contribute their sport stacking skills from across the United States and around the world in countries such as Hungry, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Colombia, and Taiwan. In addition, many schools schools used this event to benefit local communities by stacking up for a good cause.

According to Bob Fox, WSSA Founder, The Guinness event is a wonderful way to bring together sport stackers across the globe. "Sport stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures. It promotes hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork, speed and lots of fun. This is the ninth year we've teamed up with Guinness World Records, and we're excited to have another shot at breaking a world record."

Sport stacking with Speed Stacks is in more than 40,000 schools and youth organizations worldwide. It's appealing to teachers and students because it's easy to learn but very challenging to master. Benefits include improved reaction time, hand-eye coordination, concentration and focus. The WSSA is the governing body for sport stacking and promotes stack meets, leagues and tournaments around the world. Speed stacks is the official equipment supplier of the WSSA.

To take part in the record-setting STACK UP!, school and organizations around the world were required to register 25 or more stackers with the WSSA. Once the group completed the 30 minutes of stacking for each participant (anytime during Nov. 17) the organizer and a witness were required to send in an online verification of numbers to the WSSA, who then passed on the total count to Guinness for official recognition.

Sport stacking has been termed a "track meet for you hands at warp speed." It's an exciting sport where students up stack and down stack 12 specially designed cups called Speed Stacks in predetermined sequences as fast as they can. Stackers race against the clock, compete in relays and often combine sport stacking with fitness challenges as part of physical education classes.

Final numbers for the entire event were not available at press time, but will be printed as soon as Guinness confirms the total amount of stackers.