Today’s question: How many people does it take to shatter the world record for the largest human Shamrock?
We happen to know the answer - 816 - because that’s the Guinness world record. And we’re attempting to shatter that record on March 19th, 2016, when we’re planning to assemble at least 1,000 people on Longsands Beach in Tynemouth to make history and break a Guinness record for two very worthy causes: St. Oswald's Hospice and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Actually, we’re not going to shatter it. You will, we hope.
It’s the way we roll at Blackswan: Take a simple idea - a two-and-a-half-kilometre charity run - and “innovate it” into a unique, larger and delightfully-interactive challenge. Although St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, we’re holding Blackswan’s Tynemouth Green Day two days later on Saturday to ensure weekend fun for all concerned. The shamrock and the (2.5k/5k) run are two activities among many for entire families, including Irish dancers, a live Ceilidh band and Gaelic football. And we do mean the entire family: We’ve included a fancy dress competition for dogs.
While Blackswan CEO and Ireland native Maurice Duffy has sponsored an Irish-themed event in recent years, aiming to bring the community together and raise money for charities, this year marks a new level of commitment: His intention is to make Green Day an annual happening.
There’s a reason for that commitment: Public and business support for Green Day has been truly inspirational. In addition to Blackswan, the event is being co-sponsored by Green Network and Crusoe's, a popular Tynemouth cafe and restaurant. Support also comes from the Lionra Irish North East business network, Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, North Tyneside Council, Blue Reef Aquarium, Tony Blair's Sports Foundations, and various local businesses, among others.
"Green Day will be a fantastic event to raise money for a very worthwhile cause,” said Norma Redfern, mayor of North Tyneside Council. "I would like to welcome all of the competitors to our beautiful beach at Tynemouth and wish them the best of luck in the competition."
With less than a week until the event, there’s still lots to be done. For details on Moyra’s Green Run and the day’s festivities, you can “like” and “share” the Facebook page (Tynemouth Green Run) and follow on Twitter @Moyrasgreenrun. Register online today at moyrasgreenrun.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So whether it’s to race or help form the shamrock, join the fun, and help us raise as much as possible for our two amazing charities come to the beach on the 19th and be part of a history-making moment.
The day’s schedule:
CHECK IN & REGISTRATION DESKS TO OPEN
You'll need to collect a wristband for the Shamrock and/or a number for the Run
ST PATRICK'S POOCHES COMPETITION DESK TO OPEN
IRISH FOOTBALL GAME
WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT PREPARATION
PHOTOGRAPH OF WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT TO BE TAKEN
MOYRA'S GREEN RUN TO START
THE SHAMROCK PARTY (Tickets holders only)
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