Nordic Walking World Record


FinnFest USA 2013 will include an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most simultaneous Nordic walkers, a record currently held by a group in Sweden. FinnFest attendees (and all their friends) can join in this attempt at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk is only $5 per person. Poles are available for rent if needed on a limited basis (advance reservation recommended – we need to know your height), though participants are encouraged to bring their own Nordic poles. You can sign up for this event as part of your FinnFest registration or as a stand-alone offering in advance or the morning of.

Plan ahead and order REAL Nordic Walking Poles from WWW.SKIWALKING.COM – a $60 discount is available on the EXEL Nordic Walking Poles (carbon shafts made in Mäntyharju, Finland).

To break this record, FinnFest will need a minimum of 1,027 participants equipped with Nordic poles (equipped with rubber tips) and with correct Nordic Walking technique over a distance of 3 kilometers. Proper Nordic Walking technique is a requirement. FinnFest has enlisted the services of Nordic Walking expert Pete Edwards (the owner and founder of WWW.SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System) to aid in breaking the record. Edwards will be conducting Nordic walking lessons throughout the week of FinnFest and will take a leadership role for the record attempt. For Nordic Walking Instruction go to: . There is an ideal technique and level of intensity for any age and any fitness level – including those with balance issues. Edwards’ receives thank you cards and thank you emails from happy customers around the world every day – many of whom have found their one-piece Nordic Walking Poles have enabled them to walk successfully and  comfortably again despite their walking restrictions due to knee, back, hip, weight and other issues including multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's (PD), diabetes, neuropathy, arthritis, bursitis, scoliosis, lumbar stenosis, fibromyalgia, post polio, osteoporosis, stroke recovery, cancer recovery and other limitations to walking

The official guidelines from Guinness requires participants to utilize rubber tips on their Nordic poles and utilize a recognized technique (the poles to always be angled backyards and NEVER out in front - unless the individual has a balance issue). The right pole must be planted in sync with the left heel – left pole in sync with the right heel. For proper pole sizing it is ideal when strapped in and standing tall that the elbow is at about 90 degrees. Poles MUST have a rubber tip. Edwards is willing and able to help interested participants modify their poles to meet official standards as he is able prior to the World Record Breaking day. He will not be able to modify poles the morning of the event. Remember that Edwards is offering a $60 discount on the purchase of EXEL Nordic Walking poles. 

The World Record attempt  will begin near the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock at 10 a.m. on June 22, travels through the city, crosses the Portage Lake Lift Bridge into Houghton, and concludes along the waterfront at Kestner Park..

YOU CAN BE PART OF SETTING A WORLD RECORD! Be sure to select the Nordic Walk on your official online FinnFest registration form.



• WHAT TYPE OF POLES DO I NEED? You can use actual Nordic Walking poles, or ski poles, or any sort of walking poles, provided they are of a length that when standing tall and holding the pole your elbow is at about 90 degrees. The poles also must have a rubber tip.

• MY POLES DON'T HAVE RUBBER TIPS ... WHAT DO I DO? Pete Edwards of LLC is able to provide/install rubber tips and make your ski poles qualify for the record. Prices vary depending on your needs. Please see Pete on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of FinnFest, as he won't have time on Saturday morning to perform pole maintenance.

• HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE WALK? You can sign up at the registration desk in Michigan Tech's SDC on any day of FinnFest. Registering for the walk is $5 per person. It is a separate fee from general FinnFest registration. You can also sign up beginning at 8 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection, but early registration is encouraged.

• CAN I RENT POLES? Yes, poles are available for rent for $5 per set. Please see the FinnFest registration desk Monday-Friday of FinnFest week for details. There will also be poles available on the day of the event, but be sure to reserve yours early to make sure you get a set. Details will be available at the FinnFest registration desk.

• HOW FAR ARE WE WALKING? To officially meet the Guinness requirements, our course is 3 kilometers (just under 2 miles). It goes through Hancock, crosses the picturesque Portage Lift Bridge, and concludes along the Houghton waterfront.

• WHEN DOES THE EVENT BEGIN? The walk for the record gets under way at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from Church of the Resurrection in Hancock. Join us, and bring your friends!








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