Photos by Keeley Smith.
A light sea breeze. Food. Runners. Music. A blank canvas. Glow-in-the-dark paint.
The perfect place to set a new world record.
On Sunday night, a group of artists attempted to go down in Guinness World Record history for painting the largest glow-in-the-dark painting in the world, at the Dance + Run Long Beach 5K, hosted by Keep LBC Fit and Emissary Media Group with the support of Seven Point Construction and Millworks.
According to Guinness World Records spokesperson Kristen Ott, the record the team attempted to set involved painting the largest two-dimensional painting that glows in the dark, measured by surface area in square meters. The record can be attempted by an individual or team of unlimited size, said Ott.
The original record was set in China in 2012 and has been broken four times.
“The current record for the largest glow in the dark painting is 207.68 square meters (681.36 square feet) and was achieved by Nissan (Japan) at The Black Hangar Studios in Alton, Hampshire, UK on 20 March 2015,” Ott told the Post.
If successful, the artists responsible will join eight other Guinness world records set in Long Beach.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records website, existing world records set in Long Beach include:
Fastest time to complete 10 marathons in 10 days (male): The fastest aggregate time to complete 10 marathons in 10 days by a male is 29 hours, 54 minutes, 56 seconds, achieved by Rik Vercoe in Long Beach, California on December 20, 2013.
Largest trading card game tournament: The largest trading game tournament was the 100th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, involving 4,364 participants at the Long Beach California Convention Center in Long Beach, California on March 23-25, 2012.
Trans-USA by wheelchair: Matthew Eddy traveled across the mainland United States in his power wheelchair in 126 days, four hours and two minutes, finishing on June 5, 2010 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. He took five days of rest on his journey and endured desert temperatures over 114 degrees.
Longest ramp jump – car: The longest rally car ramp jump is 269 feet, achieved by Travis Pastrana at the “RedBull: New Year. No Limits.” event in Long Beach on December 31, 2009, on a barge in Rainbow Harbor.
Farthest drive by an online controlled vehicle in 24 hours: The farthest drive by an online controlled vehicle in 24 hours was 91 miles, set by Mitsubishi Motors in North America, Inc. in Long Beach on November 8-10, 2010.
Most people in a chorus line: The largest chorus line involved 1,628 participants sponsored by America Sings! Inc. at El Dorado Park in Long Beach on April 3, 2004. The participants danced a routine choreographed by John Jacobson to the song Because We Sing.
Largest aircraft by wingspan: The aircraft with the largest wingspan ever constructed is the Hughes H4 Hercules flying boat, more commonly known as the Spruce Goose, with a wing span of 319 feet, 11 inches and a length of 218 feet, 8 inches. It was piloted by Howard Hughes in Long Beach on November 2, 1947, but never flew again.
Most couples feeding each other simultaneously: The record for most couples feeding each other simultaneously is 218, set by Ehrmann MIXIM Greek Yogurt (USA) aboard The Queen Mary on February 14, 2014. The attempt took place on Valentine’s Day on the Queen Mary’s Sun Deck, with participants feeding each other MIXIM yogurt, which comes in heart-shaped packaging.