On Saturday March 12th, we got the awesome opportunity to participate in one amazing event!
Jared Guynes is a resident of North Texas who saw the damage done in December 2015 to the Garland and Rowlett neighborhoods by a particularly bad tornado and decided to help out where he could. He had been trying to get together enough people for a couple years to break a world record and then he thought, why not do this record thing and help my friends and family with their problem at the same time. So he worked tirelessly for months, pulled in all the right people, and organized the World's Largest Nerf Gun Battle.
Hosted at the Dallas Cowboy's AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the event was attended by over two thousand people. Let me give you the numbers right quick:
Verified Participants in the Battle: 2,289
Verified Guns Used in the Battle: 4,394
Guns Donated to local Children's Shelter: 112
Donations to Tornado Relief Funds: *Yet to be completely counted*
This was a huge event in so many ways!
My friends and I saw the event and thought, this is awesome, we want our kids to have a chance to break a world record. We did not expect this. Not only did we break a record that is going to be really hard to beat again, we made an impact. Thousands of dollars are going to go to helping people rebuild their lives. Over a hundred guns went to kids that probably don't have much to their name. We made some awesome new friends. And it has inspired us to get together our own group for a Nerf Club so that we can continue meeting up and having battles. Plus, I went to an even with way too many people, got down on the turf amidst these strangers, and so did not have a single panic attack as my son continually got lost in the crowd, so there's my personal win!
A huge shout out to Jared for doing this. For the people getting the donations. For the families that got to experience it. For everything!
Here are my pictures of the event. Although I am sad to say my phone died early on and I didn't get as much as I wanted. But here is the Facebook Page of the group if you want to check out other's pictures of the event.
I will also be posting a separate post when we get Jareth his Guinness World Record certificate. So check back for that!
A Little Target Practice!
People Getting Ready for the Battle in the Parking Lot.
Getting Geared Up!
Obstacle Set-up on the Field!
T-Rex showed up!
Making Our Way Down To The Field.
Waiting for the start of the Main Battle.
This was part of the group picture that you can't see us in.
The Guinness World Record Official!
After the Main Battle. So many bullets!
Kid's Only Battle.
There were more battles. The Rival Only. The Elite (Or traditional guns) Only. The Jolt (Single shooters) Only. Someone from our group participated in each one, and actually I think Jenn was in all of them!
At 10 we started to pack up our guns and get out of there. And it wasn't until the next day that I saw the announcement. We broke the current record! We will get our official certificate soon, one with Jareth's name on it so he can hang it on the wall to show off. We did this! And it was one of the greatest things we have done. Now I just have to find something similar for Livia to participate since we elected to have her stay with Gamaw for the night. If you hear of another record to be broken, let us know!