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Northeastern students become world-class crab walkers

Hundreds of students achieve a Guinness World Record.

Northeastern students with their Guinness World Record certification.

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Northeastern University earned a Guinness World Record on Sunday thanks to the more than 350 students who crab walked simultaneously.

Northeastern’s Res­i­dent Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion hosted the event on Centennial Common in an attempt to make history, according to the school's site.

They did just that. To achieve the world record, the school needed at least 280 students to crab walk on campus. In the end, 376 students took part.

Crab walking is an "upside down, backward crawl," according to the school, in which someone moves on their hands and feet while their torso faces the sky.


Crab walking is typically done as a physicall exercise to work on arms, legs and shoulder muscles.

According to Guinness World Record guidelinesvia Northeastern, the crab walk must start with people sitting on the ground with their hands and feet shoulder-width apart and the walking must last for two consecutive minutes.

Multiple crab walking records exist, apparently. The school reported that an Iowa man broke the record earlier this year for "fastest human 20-meter crab walk" (completed in 6.11 seconds) but that Sunday's event wasn't about speed.

"I think it will be a cool thing where people can say, ‘Remember that time we broke a world record?'"Shannon Pittman, assis­tant director of stu­dent engage­ment for the Center of Stu­dent Involve­ment, told Northeastern."'Remember that event we did with hun­dreds of other North­eastern stu­dents, together?’”

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