Kathy Torres, right, rehearses with other Zumba group leaders at Western Racquet & Fitness Club in Ashwaubenon on Sunday. Organizers hope to set the record for the world's largest Zumba class at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Ridge Road side of the Lambeau Field parking lot. / Kyle Bursaw/Press-Gazette Media
If you go
Zumba Day by the Bay is set for 2 p.m. Saturday near the Associated Bank gate in the west parking lot at Lambeau Field.
Visit www.zumbadaybythebay.com for information or to register for the free event.
Help the Hungry
Zumba class participants at Lambeau are asked to bring non-perishable food items for a drive to benefit Ben’s Wish, a local nonprofit working to fight hunger in Brown County. Ben’s Wish organizers will deliver items to local food pantries.
All non-perishable items will be accepted, but emphasis is being given to healthful items since the Zumba event focuses on building health and wellness in Brown County.
The party will start early this weekend at Lambeau Field.
Thousands are expected to turn out Saturday to strut their stuff in an attempt to break the world record for the largest Zumba class.
The number to top is 6,671 participants in Hyderabad, India, on Sept. 15, 2012, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Green Bay organizers are hoping 10,000 people register for Zumba Day by the Bay on Saturday in the west parking lot at the stadium.
Live54218, Brown County Teen Leadership of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Green Bay Park Department and other local groups are sponsoring the event.
About 2,700 people are registered so far, according to Dan Terrio, youth development manager for the chamber, which is helping to organize the event. He expects many more will register on the day of the free event.
“I’ve heard buses are coming from Madison and Milwaukee,” he said. “We’d be happy to get over 6,600, but we’d like to get 10,000 to keep the record for a little bit.”
The event will take place off of Ridge Road near the Associated Bank gate at Lambeau Field, Terrio said.
The event is open to people of all ages and Zumba requires no experience, he said. About 100 instructors will be on hand, he said.
“I’ve never Zumba’d before, and I’ll be there,” he said.
The event is meant to spread the idea of Green Bay as an active community, organizers said.
“We don’t expect all 10,000 people will Zumba forever, but maybe some of them will say, ‘You know, I think this is kind of fun and easy, maybe I’ll try it again and make it part of my fitness program,’” said Jen Van Den Elzen, director of Live54218, a local advocacy group promoting healthy lifestyles in Brown County.
Participants will receive a bib tag indicating their participant number, Terrio said. People must register so organizers can send tallies to Guinness, he noted.
“We just think it’s going to be a lot of fun and a great community event,” he said. “And a great day the day before the Packers play.”
The Green Bay Packers host Washington at noon Sunday at Lambeau Field in their home opener.
— email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @PGPattiZarling