Marines, sailors attempt to set Guinness world record

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Story by Lance Cpl. Justin Rodriguez

Date: 09.18.2013
Posted: 09.26.2013 10:39
News ID: 114302
Marines, sailors attempt to set Guinness world record

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors took time to accomplish a mission off the battlefield aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sept. 18. <br /> <br /> More than 130 service members aboard base attempted the largest squad pushup for the “Guinness World Records 2015.”<br /> <br /> “Originally, I wanted to put together an attempt of my own in town,” said Cpl. Andrew Y. Zheng, a musician with the 2nd Marine Division Band. “But once I saw the overwhelming interest from my Marines, I brought the idea to the Single Marine Program, and we planned the event.”<br /> <br /> The event coordinators and organizers were supportive of the proposal, said Michelle Dunkle, Single Marine Program activities programmer. <br /> <br /> The record setting process began with researching the proposal, which took five months of planning. <br /> <br /> “We hoped to instill high morale and build camaraderie within the Marines aboard base,” said Zheng. “We wanted to create a memorable event the Marines could be proud of and bring light to their time stationed here. Hopefully we keep creating activities like this for years to come.”<br /> <br /> The service members lined up in a ‘U’ shape and placed their feet on the person behind them. Zheng called the commands to push up, then down over the loud speaker while Marines attempted the pushup. <br /> <br /> Evidence of the attempt was submitted to the Guinness World Records headquarters for evaluation, and the results are expected to be released in six weeks.