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Albemarle Schools Join Attempt to Break Cup Stacking World Record

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Students in Albemarle County are trying to make history, one cup at a time. They're joining 37,000 schools around the world to break the Guinness World Record for speed-stacking.

Speed stacking is a sport where you stack cups into a formation, then unstack them as fast as you can.

Abby Kim at Hollymead Elementary is learning how she stacks up against her friends and peers.

"I like cup stacking with my friends and racing them, and I also like racing against other people,” said Kim.

Hollymead physical education teacher Barbara Rosen says there is no end to the benefits of speed stacking.

"It's fun, the kids love it, there's so many games you can do with it. You can do push-ups while cup stacking, you can do curl-ups while cup stacking, running relays. So there's a lot of fitness involved,” said Rosen.

Students aren't just having fun, they're trying to break a world record. The goal is to get as many students as possible to stack for 30 minutes. Of the thousands of schools taking part worldwide, nine are in Albemarle County.

"We're trying to reach 500,000 people stacking for 30 minutes all today," said Rosen. 

It's a lofty goal, and students are encouraging each other to meet it.

"You race against your friends and you try and stack the cups and down-stack them and beat other people,” said Duncan Coppi, a student.

Even if they can't break the record, Rosen says the ultimate hope is for schools everywhere to start incorporating stacking into their curriculum.

"We just want to get kids involved in it for the fitness, for the hand-eye coordination, reaction time, all the great benefits that speed stacking has we just want to get everybody involved,” said Rosen.

The schools find out Friday if they broke the world record. To learn more, click here.

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