Univ. of Iowa Students Attempt To Break World Hug Record

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

University of Iowa freshman Taylor Rupp of Ames (from left in black), freshman Greer Brown of Ames, sophomore Leila Mustafa of Hanover Park, Ill. and Tyler Olson of Iowa City laugh while hugging as group during a Hug-A-Thon to set a Guinness Book of World Record´┐Żs longest group marathon hug and longest hug in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union Friday, May 3, 2013 in Iowa City. To set the record the participants will have to hug for more then 25 hours at the event which was sponsored by Students for Human Rights, the UI Center for Human Rights, and Campus Activities Board. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Mark Carlson

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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