2nd grade teacher Carrie Swidecki may be out for summer, but she still only averages about four hours of sleep a night. She’s busy training to set a new Guinness World Record for the video game Just Dance 2015, starting July 11.
The self-titled “excergamer” says she has been using video games as a means to get healthy for 15 years. Now, she’ll be taking her journey to a whole new level. Next month she’ll be partnering with the Children’s Miracle Network in a planned attempt to play the game for more than 140 hours. If successful, she will be the first woman to hold the world record for the longest overall video game marathon.
On Friday’s “First Look with Scott Cox,” the dancer appeared alongside Otto Cargill, of Otto’s Video Games and More, to talk about her attempt to set her new Guinness World Record and the fight to keep kids of all ages healthy.
“Air pollution and heat, those are serious things now. But there’s no excuse you can’t be exercising, when you have games like Just Dance that you can do inside your home,” said Swidecki.
Since getting started on Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution, Swidecki has lost more than 75 pounds. Then, in 2010 she broke the Guinness World Record for the "longest marathon on a dance or rhythm game," playing Dance Dance Revolution for more than fifteen hours. Now, five years later she uses the game to fight childhood obesity by working to implement excergaming programs in local schools.
“I thought parents would think I was crazy when their kids were going home and saying ‘hey I’m playing Dance Dance Revolution.’ But they say the kids come home excited,” she said.
Swidecki’s next world record attempt will be held at Otto Video Games and More Thursday, July 11, at 10 a.m. The event will take place in partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network and will be live streamed on Extra Life’s official channel on Twitch. Those interested in donating to her charity benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network can also do so at Extralife.org