(Unofficial) Record Holders
‘Longest Chain of Ice Skaters’
On February 4, 2018 at The Forks nearly 400 skaters participated in “Chain for Change”, a record-breaking fundraiser in support of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and raised +$146,000.
Chain for Change took place at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba on one of the longest Ice Skating Trails at a frigid -35 degrees Celsius.
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This past January Mayor Brian Bowman announced Winnipeg’s accreditation as a member of the World Winter Cities Associations for Mayors, joining 21 other cities around the world holding this title. We are Winter…officially. Winnipeg also boasts the Guinness World Record holding Longest Naturally Frozen Skating Trail in the world, the Red River Mutual Trail.
The current Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Ice Skaters is 370 skaters moving in an unbroken chain for 400 meters. On February 4th 2018, World Cancer Day, Chain for Change will attempt to break the current Guinness World Record on the world’s longest skating trail. The goal of Chain for Change is to raise $20,000 for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and link our community together in the fight against cancer.
World Cancer Day embraces the tagline ‘We Can. I Can.’ and explores how everyone- as a collective or as an individual- can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. For our event to reach and exceed its fundraising potential, we need YOU. With your support, Chain for Change will bring Winnipeg together to assist CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in their fight against cancer within our community. Every dollar raised stays within Manitoba.
We would love nothing more than to bring our passionate and caring
community together through a patriotic activity for a worthy cause.
Let’s take action, Winnipeg. We Can. I Can.
Please register today and join us at The Forks on February 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
Q: What is Chain for Change?
A: Chain for Change is a record-breaking fundraiser to support CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and our community’s fight against cancer. The event will take place at the Forks,1 Forks Market Rd, on Sunday, February 4 at 1:00 PM.
Q: How do I register:
A: Please complete registration through our CancerCare Manitoba Foundation event page.
Q: Is there a cost to register?
A: There is no registration cost, however we do ask each participate raise $50.00-$100.00 in lieu of registration fees.
Q: What record will we be breaking?
A: This record is for the longest line of ice skaters in terms of participants. This record is measured by the number of participants in the line of ice skaters. For the purpose of this record, ice skates are defined as boots with blades attached to the bottom, used to propel the bearer across a sheet of ice while ice skating.
Q: Can I participate if I cannot skate?
A: No. You must be able to skate 400 meters continuously.
Q: What are the rules?
A: Each participant must be wearing commercially available ice skates. Participants must be in a single, unbroken line. The line does not need to be straight but must be continuous.
Apart from the person at the front of the line, each participant must have both hands on the waist of the person in front of them.
Once all participants are in place and joined, a start signal recognised by all participants must be sounded, and the line must start moving.
The person at the front must travel at least 400 metres, and from the time they cross the start line to the time they cross the finish line, the line must remain unbroken.
To be considered for this record, all ice skaters must at some point be moving simultaneously (i.e. the entire line must actively be skating together at one point). Thus the last ice skater in the line must start ice skating on the course before the first ice skater has finished it. The line must stay connected until this occurs. If the line breaks at any point the attempt is void.
Q: How old do I have to be to participate?
A: The minimum age of participation is 12 years old.
Q: Why is there a minimum age?
A: There is a minimum age to ensure compliance with the record regulations above.
Q: How long will I be at the Forks for the fundraiser?
A: Please budget between 2 and 3 hour for the fundraiser.
Q: Can I volunteer for Chain for Change?
A: Absolutely! Please email ChainForChangeWPG@gmail.com and let us know how you’d like to help.
After I register:
Q: Where can I pickup my registration package?
A: Pickup of registration will be on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Travel Manitoba , 21 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Q: What time should I be at the Forks?
A: Please be at the Forks no later than 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the The Forks Port Rink.
Q: What will I need to bring?
A: Skates, of course! Please also note that temperature and weather are important to consider, dress accordingly. Do not bring additional equipment such as hockey sticks, ski poles, etc.
Q: Where can I park?
A: A combination of daily, hourly and free three-hour parking for Forks visitors is available. There are also identified handicap stalls close to all facilities. There are plenty of free parking street areas across the Provencher Bridge.
Q: Where will I go when I arrive at the Forks?
A: When you arrive at the Forks, please make your way to ‘The Forks Port Rink’.
Q: What do I do when I arrive at the ‘The Forks Port Rink’ area?
A: When you arrive at the The Forks Port Rink, you will see a numbered area that corresponds with your group number in your registration package. You will check in with your Steward (group leader) who will mark your attendance and give you a numbered identifier that also corresponds with your identification number in your registration package. When all participants have checked in, we will begin to form our ‘Chain’.
Q: How will we get on the Red River Mutual Trail?
A: We will exit The Forks Port Rink through the main exit only. The exit of participants (with numbered stickers) will be carefully counted by two individuals, the Record Attempt Witnesses.
Q: When we get on the trail, are we allowed to leave?
A: After you are brought through the secured entry point, you must remain in the record attempt area until the attempt is completed.
Q: How will the ‘Chain’ work?
A: Each participant will be assigned to a ‘Steward’ (group leader) and will be positioned in a clearly designated area assigned to that steward.
The Steward will line up your group on a section of the ice.
When all groups are in position the Stewards will begin to form the Chain. Apart from the person at the front of the line, each participant must have both hands on the waist of the person in front of them.
Once all participants are in place and joined, a start signal recognised by all participants must be sounded, and the line must start moving. The person at the front must travel at least 400 metres, and from the time they cross the start line to the time they cross the finish line, the line must remain unbroken. Participants must be in a single, unbroken line.
To be considered for this record, all ice skaters must at some point be moving simultaneously
Q: Where do my fundraising dollars go?
A: All funds raised will go directly to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, the only charitable organization exclusively fundraising for CancerCare Manitoba. These funds remain in Manitoba and will assist CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in providing outstanding quality care for all Manitobans and their families living with cancer.
Q: Will I get a tax receipt for donating?
A: A minimum $20 donation is required for a tax receipt and will be issued through the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation database.
Q: Can I pledge an individual participant or team?
A: Yes! Please go to our CancerCare Manitoba Foundation event page, click ‘DONATE/SEARCH’ and you will be able to find who you’re looking for.
Q: Can I sponsor the event?
A: Yes! Please email ChainForChangeWPG@gmail.com for sponsorship inquiries
Q: What happens if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
A: The event will be rescheduled, potentially to an indoor venue.