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Piggy Back Race Record Attempt
Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Colchester on Sunday in an attempt to break to world record for the biggest piggy back race.
In 2010 the people of Colchester set the first world record for the World's biggest Piggy Back Race ever with a record 292 crossing the finishing line.
The record stood for six weeks before being snatched away.
On Sunday, October 2, 2011 the people of Colchester will hope to make history again with a new attempt to regain the World Record.
The History Maker Foundation is the charity behind the world record attempt, an idea inspired from a family photo of Joe Pancaldi who died in a mountaineering accident in 2008.
The charity was set up in his memory and seeks to enable young and disadvantaged people make personal history as they go on outward bound adventures sponsored by the charity.
More than 400 people are anticipated at the event and Penny Pancaldi, founder of the History Maker Foundation, commented: "We are going all out to retake the world record for Colchester - it's a matter of pride for our town to retake the record that was first set here in 2010.
"Everyone is invited to come along and join in.
"It is a 100 metre race, the winners will receive a prize and of course we hope that we all ultimately will retake this world record - it is going to be a lot of fun."
Piggy Backers should arrive at Lower Castle Park at 2.30pm for registration.
The race takes place at 3.30pm.
A nominal charge of £2.00 per participant will be charged to raise funds for young and disadvantaged young people.
Don't forget to look out for the Heart Angels as they'll be joining in to the fun too.
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