Obese to World Record Holder!
Just Danced over 49 hours to Fight Obesity!
Just Danced over 49 hours to Fight Obesity!
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Guinness 2013 Just Dance 4
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49 hours 3 minutes 22 seconds
I never want to wake up from this dream! 13 years ago I was 210 pounds, plus size 18-20, and living my life in the past until I discovered exergaming. I lost 75 pounds, went down 10 sizes, set 5 World Records, and have become an advocate to fight childhood obesity in the schools!
On June 15-17, 2013 at Otto's Video Games and More in Bakersfield, CA, I set two Guinness World Records at the same time by Just Dancing 49 hours 3 minutes 22 seconds for both the Longest Marathon on a Motion-Sensing Dance Game and the Longest Marathon on a Dance/Rhythm Game. I made history by becoming the only person in the world to hold a world record for marathon play on all three major dance games: Just Dance, Dance Central, and Dance Dance Revolution as well as the 1st female to set them. All to bring National awareness to using motion sensing dance games like Just Dance in Physical Education Programs in the schools as a way to fight childhood obesity.
I love being a World Record Holder, because I directly see the impact my actions have on my community. Every time I set a World Record, it opens the door for more schools to include exergaming in their physical education programs as a way to fight childhood obesity. It also brings awareness to the public to use exergaming as a fun and effective way to stay fit. Video games are the language of today and every household has accessibility to a console. Let's introduce the students to the healthy side of gaming, so they can go home and get fit as a family.
I won long before I set my 1st World Record, I won when I got my life back. I'm achieving things I never imagined I could do, thanks to exergaming.
People ask me all the time, why marathon World Records on dance games? I know the power of exergaming, because it changed my life. Obesity has been one of the hardest things for me to overcome. I started gaining weight when I was 18 years old and now I'm 37. That's half my life I've been battling my weight. I love using my passion for exergaming and my story to inspire anyone who is struggling with obesity and to bring awareness to using exergaming in the schools to fight childhood obesity. I truly believe that one person can make a difference in this world and I live my life by this. I hope to send a strong message, that when you find something you love, work hard, then you can achieve anything in this world. Never give up on your dreams and the fight to overcome obesity.
In 2013, Will Set 4th & 5th World Record
I'm waiting for someone to wake me up from this dream! 13 years ago, I was 210 pounds, plus size 18- 20, and living my life in the past. I discovered exergaming, lost 75 pounds, and set 3 World Records! It's simply amazing!
Hi my name is Carrie Swidecki and I'm a 36 year old 2nd grade teacher from Bakersfield, CA. On June 15, 2013 at Otto's Video Games and More in Bakersfield, CA, I'll be setting the Guinness Book of World Records for both the Longest Marathon on a Motion-Sensing Dance Game and Longest Marathon on a Dance/Rhtymn Game at the same time ,by dancing 48 hours on Just Dance 4 using the Xbox Kinect. I'll make history by becoming the only person in the World to set a World Record for marathon play on all three major dance games Just Dance, Dance Central, and Dance Dance Revolution, all to bring awareness to a fun and effective way to fight obesity for all ages! I am the only female to have held any dance video game marathon records, as well as the only person to hold both sub categories for dance video game marathon World Records at the same time: The Longest Marathon on a Motion-Sensing Dance Game and Longest Marathon on a Dance/Rhtymn Game.
Times to Beat in order to set 2 World Records:
Longest Marathon on a Motion-Sensing Dance Game: 24 hours 2 minutes 44 seconds
Longest Marathon on a Dance/Rhythm Game: 38 hours 23 minutes 30 seconds
In one year, I have set 3 World Records for marathon play on dance video games, ran 10 5k races, 6 half marathons, and 1 full marathon. I have no idea how I got here. I've been chasing a dream for 13 years that I've never slowed down to realize that I've exceeded my own expectations. 13 years ago, I was 210 pounds and living my life in the past. Within 6 years from graduating from high school, I went from being a 120 pound athlete to gaining 90 pounds and being obese. In the summer of 2000, I discovered Dance Dance Revolution and fell in love with the arcade community. The dream of placing 3rd in a local Dance Dance Revolution tournament, gave me something to aspire to. It took me 9 years to achieve my 1st dream of taking 3rd place in a
tournament. Little did I know that those first 10 steps I took on Dance Dance Revolution 13 years ago, would change my life. I would lose 75 pounds, set 3 World Records, and become an advocate to fight childhood obesity in the school systems. All while breaking boundaries for women in the gaming community which is dominated by men and the youth!
My greatest accomplishment is being able to integrate my love for exergaming into my 2nd grade classroom to fight childhood obesity in the school systems. The last 2 years I have used exergaming in my classroom for PE. I wrote 4 grants through Donorschoose.org to get the equipment. I have also had the pleasure of setting my 1st World Record at the US Obesity Prevention Summit in West Virginia in July of 2011. Starting December 2012, I began piloting the President's Challenge program at my school site for the after school program, exclusively using Just Dance 4 which has 95 2nd-6th grade students. I'm dedicating my 2013 World Record attempt on Just Dance 4 to the students, parents, and staff at Sandrini Elementary School who encouraged me to buy the xbox 360 and kinect last Christmas. In the past, I introduced my students to Dance Dance Revolution and in return they introduced me to Just Dance. Dance games have evolved to incorperate your full body giving you and an incredible workout. The soundtrack consist of popular music and dance choreograpy that everyone can relate to.
Everytime I set a World Record, it opens the door for more schools to include exergaming in their physical education programs as a way to fight childhood obesity. It also brings awareness to the public to use exergaming as a fun and effective way to stay fit. Video games are the language of today and every household has accessibility to a console. Let's introduce the students to the healthy side of gaming, so they can go home and get fit with their family.
I have made the transition from being a gamer to being an endurance athlete who's platform is on videogames. Over time, I have beat the odds of being a female gamer, obese, and aging in the process to set 3 World Records. All of this just shows that when you find something you love and work hard, you can achieve anything in this world. Never give up on your dreams and the fight to overcome obesity!
Current World Records Held
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