Most people swimming one length in a 24 hour relay


On 12 June 2010 at precisely 20:00, 'Swim For Children' (Italy) broke the Guinness World Record for most people swimming one length in a 24 hour relay, with 5,028 participants successfully completing a minimum distance of 18.3 m (60 ft), in Padovanuoto, Padova, Italy.The event started at 20:00 on 11 June, with mostly adults dominating the opening hours of the attempt and impressing the time keepers from Federazione Italiana Cronometristi (Italian Timekeepers Association) and judges from Gruppo Ufficiali Gara della Federazione Italiana di Nuoto (Italian Swimming Judges Federation) who dedicated their expertise throughout the 24 hour period.

The first few hours proved to be very productive for the participants as more than 200 people per hour, on average, managed to swim the required distance. Several local and national celebrities also took part in the challenge to show their support of the good cause.

During the night, when most of the public was asleep, the local firemen, policemen and other public service professionals dedicated some of their time to be part of this record attempt. As you would expect, the deep night period was dominated by teenagers.


On 12 June the good flow of participants continued with many families arriving for a day in the +33 C sun and other activities which were available at the facilities. Groups from all over Italy came to participate in the record attempt, which made it look like the whole country really wanted to not just beat but to smash the previous record.  What made this event even more special is that it was open to anyone, who could swim without support, from the very young to the very mature senior citizens. One of the highlights of the day was the dedication of the youngest participant of the attempt, 4 year old Massimiliano, who was spurred on by the whole crowd. The oldest participant was an 81 year old man. 

As well as dedicating their time and a few burnt calories, the participants covered a marathon-like distance of over 92 km (57 mi) and managed to collect over 50,000 EUR for Paediatric Research Institute "Città della Speranza".