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    By JUSTIN MASON, The Leader-Herald

    MAYFIELD - Most people try to avoid long, slow-moving lines, especially ones that snake more than 29 miles around a frozen lake amid February's cold.

    But for Tami and Arron Miller of the Southern Adirondack Snowmobile Club, creating such a line is the name of the game when trying to get a mention among the more than 44,000 feats listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
    In conjunction with other area clubs, the Millers say they hope to shatter the world's record for longest continuous line of moving snowmobiles on the afternoon of Feb. 19, nearly two years to the date it was seized from New York by a Minnesota-based club.

    Originally, the record was brought to the region by a collaboration between the East Herkimer Sno-Riders and the Salisbury Ridgerunners snowmobile clubs Feb. 14, 2004. In total, 695 riders participated in the 22-mile ride, shattering the previous marker of 307 riders hosted by a Canadian snowmobiling club.

    Just one week later, 820 snowmobile riders with the Roseau County Trailblazers Snowmobile Club completed a 29-mile course in Roseau, Minn., to again break the record for the largest trail ride.

    This time, however, Miller would like to bring the record back to New York - and Fulton County - permanently. Given the thousands of snowmobile riders that congregate around the region each winter, she's not anticipating much of a problem to best the standing record.

    The idea to break the record first came last year, while Miller and her husband watched a steady procession of snowmobiles heading towards them just prior to a February fireworks event at Sand Island in the Great Sacandaga Lake.

    "We thought, wow, this has got to be a record breaker for the most sleds in one place," she said.

    Since that time, the Millers and other members of the 100-plus-member club have been contacting other regional snowmobiling organizations to join them in pursuit of the record.

    Miller said the goal is to set up areas around the lake were snowmobile riders can access the 29-mile long reservoir.

    "Keep putting them in a line, one in front of the other, then start around the outside of the lake, moving towards the inside," she said.

    Miller expects a $5 entrance fee during the event, with part of the proceeds going to benefit the Children's Hospital at the Albany Medical Center Hospital and Fulton County's James A. Brennan Memorial Humane society. The other half of the proceeds will go towards cash prize drawing among those entering the event.

    To document the event for Guinness, the Millers have hired a pilot, who will take aerial photographs and video of the event. The event also is being promoted by the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

    "We're just hoping that it's going to be huge," she said.

    Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the event can contact the Millers at 661-6301.

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    I actually participated along with Phil in that Herkimer to Salisbury ride. It was a blast.
    Who's got the badrap!!?!!