Barrel Roll Man Aims to Break World Somersault Record on Art Hill This Saturday

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Who's ready for a barrel o' fun on Art Hill?
Last November, the Barrel Roll Man -- a group that goes around the world doing somersaults for charity -- attempted to set a world record for somersaulting on Art Hill. They failed.

This Saturday at 2 pm, they're trying again.

The existing record for group somersaulting was set almost exactly a year ago today, when 835 kids and parents went a-tumbling in Zurich, Switzerland.

Then Barrel Roll Man tried to one-up the Europeans on Art Hill last November, but they drew only 100 people (bwomp bwomp!). On Saturday, they're giving it another shot.

Here's how it works:

You donate $2 to be a part of the event. The proceeds go to Nurses for Newborns.

One other thing: You only have to somersault once to have it "count" for the record. You do not need to go rolling down Art Hill like a drunken fool (but you could; nobody's going to stop you, especially when you're throwing up in the Grand Basin).

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This event is at Art Hill - the video above had annotations which for some reason didn't translate here. The updated video is here:


For a $2 donation, you will receive the Rollin' Red Wristband and after the World Record is verified, you will be able to purchase a certificate from Guinness that says you were a part of the world record. The mascot from the St. Louis Blues - LOUIE - is coming as well. It's going to be a great event on Saturday!!

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Art Hill. The video -- for some reason -- opens with picture of the Arch.

Joseph Zeable
Joseph Zeable

Ha! I've rolled down the side of Monks Mound at the Cahokia site, gotta be more of a record! (I was airborne much of the time, came out dizzy, bloody and bruised)

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