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05/15/91

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Stanford students aim to break world's leap-frogging record

STANFORD -- Fourteen (ribbit) Stanford students will attempt to break the world's record for continuous leap-frogging this month in a stunt to raise money for an East Palo Alto tutoring center.

The students, all freshmen at Trancos House in Wilbur Hall, will start leaping at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, on a quarter-mile track at Wilbur Field. The scheduled finish time is 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

Following rules set down by the Guinness Book of World Records, the students will leap in pairs for 15-minute stretches, running about 30 feet between leaps. Their goal is to leap 1,000 miles; the current record is 888.1 miles.

Proceeds from the stunt, dubbed "Operation Lilypad," will go toward the Creative Adventures Learning Center, a tutoring program that serves elementary school children from the Ravenswood School District.

The leapers, who volunteer at the center, are selling T-shirts and soliciting donations from fellow students and local businesses to support the endeavor. They hope to raise at least $5,000.

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