Popular NBC-TV weatherman, Al Roker, from “The Today Show,” took his “Rokerthon College Tour” to the campus of Loyola University in Baltimore on Thursday.
The tour involves a visit by Roker to selected colleges or universities around the country, who try to set a Guinness World Record while he’s in attendance.
In between all of that fun, Roker did his regular national weather gig, in a live broadcast, before a huge turnout of cheering, dancing students. On hand for the event was the President of Loyola University, the Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.
The location for the shoot was Loyola’s “Quad” area, which is located on the Homewood campus, close to the McManus Theatre and the Humanities Building. The festivities ran from 5:15 am to 9: 45 am.
A large group of selected Loyola U. students, numbering in the hundreds, participated in the “crab walk.” The walk involved, according to the program, “placing your hands on the ground, behind your back, and scuttle like a crustacean using all four limbs.
“You must start by sitting on the ground with your hands and feet shoulder-width apart and you must walk for two consecutive minutes. If you stop moving or touch the ground you will be disqualified from the record total.”
Al Roker introduced an official from the Guinness company who was on hand to officially judge the contest. He stated that the old record was 376 crab walkers. He then announced: “Today, we have 494!” Bottom line: Loyola University students have set a new “Guinness World Record” for their crab walk and Al Roker couldn’t have been happier.
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