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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2020

 

KULTURECITY SHATTERS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ TITLE WITHH VIRTUAL RACE




BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —On Sunday, April 26, KultureCity broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most people running/jogging online simultaneously, which was achieved during the organization’s Stay At Home Race for Autism during National Autism Awareness Month. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS confirmed the title-breaking on Wednesday, May 6.

The race, which was hosted via Zoom, mobilized race-goers around the world, including noteworthy KultureCity supporters like former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and his wife and KultureCity board member Evelyn Yang, NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce, MLB pitcher Glendon Rush, Renae Ingles, Australian netballer and wife of Utah Jazz player Joe Ingles, Ken Joeng of “The Hangover,” Noah Wyle of “ER,” Christopher Gorham of “Insatiable,” and Kelly AuCoin, Stephen Kunken, and Daniel Isaac of “Billions.” Race participants hailed from the United States, Canada, Brazil, France, and Germany.

In addition, the organization raised nearly $14,000 to support children with autism and their families amidst the coronavirus pandemic. According to the most recent CDC statistics, 1 in 54 children in the United States has autism. Many of these children have challenges related to communication, an insistence on sameness and routine, and sensory sensitivities which are heightened during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“Even in times of deep uncertainty, we can still find ways to come together to advocate for acceptance and inclusion,” said KultureCity co-founder Dr. Michele Kong. “This unpredictable time is especially difficult for children with autism, and it was remarkable to see individuals across the world gather virtually to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in support of these children and their families.”

KultureCity is the nation’s leading nonprofit on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities. Since 2014, KultureCity has partnered with the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, libraries, museums, and other organizations and companies to make more than 600 public spaces Sensory Inclusive™ Certified.

To learn more, visit kulturecity.org. For press inquiries, please contact hilary@unitedpublicaffairs.com.