After extensive number crunching, witness verification and photographic proof, the folks at Guinness World Records will decide if a record was achieved.

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SEDRO-WOOLLEY — It’s been awhile since Cascade Middle School student David Chaires has played a game of tag.

On Friday, Chaires joined 38 other participants at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club in a nationwide effort by the Boys & Girls Clubs to break the Guinness world record for the biggest game of tag played by the same organization in a 24-hour period.

“I’ve never been a part of a world-record anything,” said Chaires, 14. “It was a lot of fun. I haven’t played tag in probably three or four years.”

The event was part of National Boys & Girls Club Week and paired with Major League Baseball’s “Wanna Play?” program.

After extensive number crunching, witness verification and photographic proof, the folks at Guinness World Records will decide if a record was achieved.

Any recognized variety of tag was eligible. Each venue had to detail the chosen game and its rules, and witnesses had to confirm that all rules were followed.

The game played in Sedro-Woolley was called “Fruit Basket Tag.” Participants were parceled out into three groups of “fruits.” Then “taggers” would call out one fruit group’s name, and that group’s members would attempt to race across the field without getting caught.

Taggers also had the option of calling out “fruit basket” to have all the groups rush out for tagging.

One winner of a game happened to be Chaires, who avoided being tagged until the bitter end. He had a survival strategy. “I just tried to fool them (the taggers) with leg drifts,” he said. “But it was tough. Especially when there were so many taggers.”

Sedro-Woolley club program director John Garman deemed the effort a definite success.