May 04, 2013 10:49 AM
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After five or six hours of keeping a 3-pound weighted hoop spinning around her waist, Megan Bozzer’s abs started to hurt.

She put her hands between the hoop and her belly and kept going until her hands started to blister.

But after teachers wrapped her hands (while she kept the sports hoop spinning), she went on for a few more hours.

All told, the Homer-Center sixth-grader broke the Project Fit America record for weighted sports hoop with a time of 9 hours, 10 minutes and 11 seconds on April 19.

That’s straight: no breaks.

“It feels really good. I’ve never really achieved anything like that,” she said.

Project Fit America is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching and encouraging fitness in schools. The Chart and Challenge program has students challenge themselves in various exercises and at various levels. Project Fit America lists the top performers on its website.

Megan said she started around 7 a.m. at the school gym. Her first goal was to keep going until her mother could come see her around 12:30 p.m., but by then the previous record of 8 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds was in sight.

“So I kind of went for it,” she said.

Megan is enjoying this record, but she has her eye on others.

“I would like to break some swimming records,” she said.

Megan is the daughter of Lori Bozzer, of Center Township, and Kevin Bozzer, of Northern Cambria.

— Heather Roth

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