This morning, I joined about 1,300 people at the Carolina Coliseum in an attempt to break the Zumba word record in Palmetto Health Heart Hospital’s Zumbathon.

Surrounded by a sea of red shirts, we danced as the music blared throughout the Carolina Coliseum.

Zumba, a Latin-influenced aerobic fitness program has addictive choreography inspired by various dance styles including salsa, belly dancing, hip-hop and tango. Originally created by Colombian choreographer Alberto Perez, Zumba started in the hope of taking the stress out of exercising and making it fun.

Me and Tammie Epps

In 2011, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital successfully broke the world record with 1,135 people doing Zumba. The current record is held by a group in Brownsville, Texas that had 2,012 people simultaneously participate in Zumba for 30 minutes.

Although I didn’t pound the pavement this morning in my regularly scheduled Saturday morning run with Black Girls Run! Columbia, I did get to Zumba with some of them. There’s nothing like taking a work out to a different level. It also allows us to get some cross training in.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next time Palmetto Health Heart Hospital attempts to break the record.