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Univ. of Iowa Students Attempt To Break World Hug Record

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    April 3, 2014 | 1:53 pm
    IOWA CITY, Iowa - A group of University of Iowa students are attempting to break the record for longest group hug. The current record stands at 25 hours and 10 minutes. The group of eight students started hugging around noon on Friday.

    "It took a lot of research and planning," said Zach Heffernen, who organized the hug. "Everyone has to stay together."

    Heffernen is the president of UI's Students for Human Rights organization. Huggers helped raise money for the LGBT advocacy group One Iowa to participate.

    To succeed they'll need to remain latched until shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. Huggers are allowed five minute breaks every hour.

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