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So how will it work this year? Participants will park and then the event team will shuttle them to one of four launch sites. That launch site on the French Broad River will have a corresponding takeout.
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Wiggins says he has years of experience event planning.
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"The only thing better than trying to break a world record is trying to break a world record while dressed like zombies!"
He expects to have a signup online soon, and when people sign up, they will choose a color and that color determines your launch site.
More than 2,000 people have signed up for the free event online.
Organizers will have a site/blog up. In the meantime, Wiggins suggests using the Facebook page.
launch in sequence and come together as a group in one spot on the river," he said. "We have to hold onto to each other for a minimum of 30 seconds."
The current record is for more than 600 people, and was set by a Portland based group in 2013.
"I have organized everything from chili cook offs to smaller beer festivals and all day fundraiser events," he said.
"We had absolutely no idea how big it was going to be and how fast it was going to blow up!," Wiggins said. "It is pretty amazing actually.
"There is nothing Asheville likes more than competing with another city for some kind of title or bragging rights. The zombie part we just threw in there for fun," he added.
"I would like to get people on the river to experience firsthand how valuable it is as a resource to the area and generate a greater interest in protecting it," Wiggins said via email. "Myself and a couple of the other organizers had tossed the idea around of trying to set the world record to give it a bit of a competitive feel also.
For Adidas Energy Boost 2 Womens Black event organizer Ben Wiggins, he thinks a zombie twist in a river tubing event will bring new life to efforts protecting the French Broad River.
attend and over 10,000 invited."
"One minute I am talking to someone about it and create an event page for it and the next we have more than 2,000 saying they are going to Adidas Shoes For Girls High Tops White
"Aside from all of that, I just love rivers," he said. "Having been born and raised in North Carolina and living in Asheville for almost 16 years, I spend as much time as I can wading, swimming, floating and fishing in the rivers around the state, but the French Broad is a pretty special one for me."
"We are hoping to make this an annual event complete with a party afterwards and a band and raffle and whatnot next year," Wiggins said.
Wiggins is working with Derek Turno and Brennan Splain from Asheville Adventure Rentals, French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson and Teela Waggoner. who is one of the organizers of the Mountain Sports Adidas James Harden Ultra Boost
He "realistically" expects around 1,200 people to participate.
Wiggins recently announced his plans via a Facebook page "Tube ocalypse: Zombie Float and World Record Attempt!" to help rally hordes of the floating dead for a Sept. 20 attempt to break the world record number of linked tubers.
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