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While FinnFest USA 2013 will include several components designed for the active festival attendee, one event in particular stands out. Festival organizers are arranging an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most simultaneous Nordic walkers, a record currently held by a group in Sweden. To break this record, FinnFest will need a minimum of 1,027 participants who can walk with Nordic poles over a distance of 3 kilometers. FinnFest has enlisted the services of Nordic Walking expert Pete Edwards ( 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.

While FinnFest organizers are awaiting official guideline information from Guinness, it is known that participants can use either official Nordic walking poles, or ski poles, provided they allow the participant to keep his or her elbow at approximately a 90-degree angle during use, and the poles MUST have a rubber tip. Edwards is willing and able to help interested particpants modify their poles to meet officials standards as he is able. Edwards is also offering a $60 discount on the purchase of Nordic Walking poles made in Finland. See his Web site for details.

The course designated for this attempt will begin near the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock, 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.



Portage Lake Golf Course, near Houghton, is hosting a golf outing for FinnFest attendees on Friday, June 21. Costs are $75 per golfer, and participants will be organized into teams of 4. Please see the form HERE for details, and be sure to select the golf outing when you register for FinnFest.