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City-of-Brownsville-logoBROWNSVILLE – The City of Brownsville has a chance to be known worldwide for its record-breaking Latin rhythm. An attempt to break a Guinness World Records ™ for the Largest Zumba Class is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to noon April 30 at the Brownsville Sports Park.

Local Valley residents are invited to come out for some dancing, a nice workout and lots of fun — all while trying to break a world record. Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. with festivities, giveaways and sponsored booths starting at 9 a.m.

The city of Glasgow in Scotland is also competing for the same record on the same date, which is why Valley-wide community members are encouraged to participate.

The free event, sponsored in part by The City of Brownsville and the Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, is part of the “Brownsville Biggest Loser Challenge.” The challenge is a series of events in a four-month period designed to bring awareness to wellness and to engage the community to living a healthy lifestyle.

“Our reality is that 80 percent of our population is either obese or overweight,” said Judy Garcia, Brownsville Health Department. “These rates surpass the rest of the country, but many people do not understand the relationship between obesity related diseases and the economy, especially in a poor community such as ours.”

The Brownsville Biggest Loser challenge was created by the City of Brownsville Public Health Department and the Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with the UT Houston School of Public Health.

For more information on the Guinness World Record™ of the Largest Zumba Class, please contact Judy Garcia, Brownsville Health Department, at 547-6531 or via e-mail at For a complete schedule of events for the Brownsville Biggest Loser Challenge and for more information, visit their Web site online at

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