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Trampoline-a-thon a 'jumping' success

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From personal observation, it appears the Tabor College Trampoline-A-Thon was a success.

Students and faculty took turns simultaneously jumping on two trampolines from 3 p.m. Saturday until 3 p.m. Sunday in the Campus Recreation Center in an effort to set a world record.

It also was an endurance test of the two trampolines. According to Melanie Johnson, Tabor College resident director and organizer of the event, the trampolines were borrowed for the event.

With a little more than an hour left in the event, one trampoline literally fell apart. Luckily, the jumper was able to exit the contraption without injury.

The second trampoline held up throughout the grueling test but legs were bowed and a student sat on a portion of the frame for the last hour to keep it together.

How did this crazy idea get started?

Each year the residence life department hosts a series of wellness events on campus to promote the intellectual, spiritual, social, physical, emotional, and vocational growth of students.

Why a trampoline-a-thon?

“There is no world record for jumping on the trampoline,” Johnson said.

Much planning went into the event because there had to be two witnesses at all times during the 24-hour marathon.

Two trampolines were set up with two jumpers at all times to assure there would be at least one person jumping at all times. Video cameras recorded the event for Guinness officials in London.

A large digital, countdown clock was projected from a laptop computer to a wall in the facility.

During the last hour of the event, students and faculty came to the recreation center for the final results.

Tabor College President Jules Glanzer and his wife, Peggy, took turns jumping in the final minutes of the event.

With just a couple of minutes left, several students took to the trampoline as spectators counted down the final seconds to mark 24 hours.

Regardless if a record was set, it appeared the event accomplished the primary goals set by the residence life department.

Last modified Dec. 17, 2008

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