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Baseball fans set Guinness record after Dunedin Blue Jays opener

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Baseball fans set record at candlelight gathering

They came for a baseball game and a candlelight vigil. They left with a Guinness World Record. The "Together in Hope" vigil, which was part of the Dunedin Blue Jays' home opener against the Clearwater Threshers on Friday night at Dunedin Stadium, finished with 1,049 lit candles. It broke the record for the most simultaneously lit candles at a single venue of 1,000 set Oct. 5, 2008, in the United Kingdom. "We did what we set out to do: break a Guinness World Record and raise awareness," said Bob Gibbs, a Clearwater brain cancer patient who organized the event along with his wife, Barb, and the Blue Jays. The Gibbses, of Clearwater, co-founded Miles for Hope, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and money for brain cancer research. The game, won by Clearwater 10-7, drew 1,670 fans. Miles for Hope will get $5 of the $8 ticket price. Bob Gibbs said photos will be on milesforhope.org within a week and available for sale.

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See Ironman race on TV today

In case you missed November's Ironman World Championship 70.3, NBC will showcase the race in an hour-and-a-half broadcast today. Viewers can check out Clearwater's beach, its streets and the nearly 2,000 athletes who tested their physical and mental limits as they swam 1.2 miles, ran 13.1 miles and cycled 56 miles through mid Pinellas County. The show runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The edited version of the 10-hour event spotlights the top pro athletes as well as inspirational athletes such as a father-son team, a 70-year-old participant and a man who completed the race four years after an accident left him paralyzed.

Baseball fans set Guinness record after Dunedin Blue Jays opener 04/11/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 11, 2009 11:04am]
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