USC, hospital taking aim at Zumbathon record

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina and a Columbia hospital are teaming up to try to break a world record for the number of people participating in a 30-minute exercise class.

Palmetto Heart Health Hospital said in a news release that it is gathering people Saturday at the university's Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center. The goal is to get 1,200 people to participate in a 30-minute Zumba (ZOOM'-bah) workout at the same time.

The event is being held to mark Heart Month.

Participants must sign a waiver and wear a red shirt.

Zumba is a workout which incorporates dance moves and musical styles like cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, reggaeton, belly dancing, bhangra and hip-hop. It was started by a Colombian dance instructor in the mid-1990s.

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