Monday April 25, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The women's rugby teams of Williams College and Keene State College in New Hampshire played a record-setting 24-hour match this weekend that raised thousands of dollars for breast and colorectal cancer research.

A combined 44 players scrummed their way into the Guinness Book of World Records by playing continuously from 8 a.m. Saturday to just past 8 a.m. Sunday: Officially ending at 24 hours, five minutes and 15 seconds. A representative from Guinness World Records was on hand to verify the exhausting, physically demanding match -- normally an 80-minute contest -- was an historic event that was absent of any serious injuries.

Williams won the marathon match, 818 to 711.

"The players have plenty of bumps and bruises and sore muscles, but no one took a trip to the hospital," said Williams coach Gina Coleman.

The two friendly collegiate rivals began preparing for the marathon match in December, when the Keene players suggested it be a fundraiser for cancer research. Once all the contributions are tallied, Coleman expects to surpass the teams' goal of $10,000. Donations can still be made until May 1 by going online at www.scrumforacure.com.

On behalf of both colleges, Coleman thanked all who supported the 24-hour fundraising competition that had 24 hours of fan support.

"We had a strong core of students cheering us on and they kept us motivated even in the wee hours of [Sunday morning]," she said.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
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