Northeastern University students set record for simultaneous crab walking, because why not?

Three-hundred seventy-six Northeastern students set the Guinness World Record for crab walking Sunday.
Three-hundred seventy-six Northeastern students set the Guinness World Record for crab walking Sunday. –Emma Putnam /​ North­eastern University

There’s apparently a Guinness World Record for everything, and 376 students at Northeastern University broke one of them Sunday.

The record? Most people to simultaneously crab walk.

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The effort was organized by Northeastern’s Resident Student Association, according to the group’s vice president of programming and collaboration, Jessica Goodman, who said they were looking for an event that would bring the campus together.

Goodman said the RSA worked with Guinness to pick out a world record that required a large amount of people, and settled on crab walking as a fun, offbeat choice.

The previous record was 279, set in 2013 by the Amitie Sports Club, a Japanese nonprofit, in Kobe, Japan. To beat it, Northeastern had to get at least 280 people to walk on all four limbs backwards, facing upside down, at the same time. Participants had to begin shoulder-width apart and continue crab-walking for a minimum of two minutes.

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Goodman said a Guinness World Record representative, as well as 10 “stewards,” were present Sunday at the Centennial Common to officiate the attempt, which beat the old record with plenty of room to spare.

As Northeastern’s website noted, an Iowa man also set a word record for fastest crab walk earlier this year—scurrying 20 meters in 6.11 seconds (the video of which is worth watching).

Goodman said Monday the RSA was still assessing Sunday’s event and had yet to decide whether any future world records were in their crosshairs.

If they’re looking for another simultaneous activity record, the options appear to be plentiful.

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