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Mercer Freshmen Set World Record for Largest Game of Tag

August 23, 2010

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MACON — Classes haven’t even begun, but freshmen at Mercer University have a memory to last a lifetime. Students and advisers from the first-year class set the world record Saturday for the largest game of tag. Pending review by the Guinness Book of World Records, the students should go into the next record book.

The previous record for the popular playground game was 465 people, set at an event organized by Marcia LeVatte of Sherwood Park in Canada. The new record, as of Saturday, is 481. The event took place Saturday night at the intramural courts in the University Center on Mercer’s Macon campus and was part of Bear Beginnings, Mercer’s orientation program for new students.

After an hour of tag, the final person not tagged “it” and, therefore, the winner, was Harriet Abbey, a freshman from Ghana.

In order for Saturday’s game to be an official record, the Bear Beginnings program will send in documentation in various forms, including video footage, photos, media coverage, notarized witness statements and the name of the winner.

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