Past Major Projects
- Leapfrog around Greenlake (1986)
- Run to the Roses (1991-94)
- Run to Calgary
- Rotary Boys and Girls Club (2010-11)
- Journey from the Tourney (2012-13)
UW Fijis Break Guinness World Record for Longest Consecutive Flag Football Game
Co-Major Project Chairmen
Bryce Plancich (Class of 2015) and Jake Dijulio (Class of 2016)
About the Event
This past President's Day Weekend, February 15th-17th, 2014, the men of 4503 set out to break the world record for the longest consecutive flag football game, down on the field in the east end zone of the newly renovated Husky Stadium. The previous record stood at 52 hours 3 minutes and 57 seconds, set back in 2013 by an organization called Play Flag Football, and the previous outdoor record was only 24 hours. The official Guinness rules allowed a maximum of merely 32 players total (16 on each team) and required that none of the players leave the field.
In preparation for the event, the major project chairmen prepared a schedule so that each team of 16 would be split into two teams of 8, who would alternate playing for two-hour shifts during the day and three-hour shifts during the night. Numerous tents and canopies were set up along the sideline of the field, providing areas for sleeping, resting, eating, drinking water, playing music through the loudspeakers, and filming the event. Additional members of the house took turns volunteering as referees, scorekeeper, timekeeper, video-taper, laundry-doer, and just providing general encouragement. Several local news stations including King5 and Kiro7 stopped by to obtain coverage of the event.
Preceding the kickoff to the game, Husky football legend and former Head Coach, Jim Lambright, surprised the group with an inspirational speech. The game started out sunny and face-paced, before the weather quickly took a turn for worst, blasting the participants with winds upwards of 30 mph, constant heavy rain that totaled approximately 2 inches for that weekend alone, and even spurts of hail. However, demonstrating toughness and perseverance, the Fijis battled through and played for over 54 consecutive hours, conquering the previous Guinness World Record. Pictures of the game and post-game celebration are coming soon.
About the Charity
The purpose of this record breaking game was to raise funds for and support Run To Win, the beneficiary of this year's Major Project. RTW is a non-profit youth sports organization in Seattle who is committed to making a positive impact in the area by putting on summer camps and outreach events for young athletes and their families. It was founded by Mike Rohrbach, former Husky Football team captain on the 1977-78 Rose Bowl team. In total, the event raised around $33,000, all of which was donated to Run to Win's scholarship fund, which grants scholarships to children who cannot afford to participate in their camps.