On your mark. Get set. Hug a tree!

That’s how last year’s tree-hugging world record began as 936 Portlanders sent hug-love to the forest giants at Hoyt Arboretum.

This year they hope to break the record again July 12 at Hoyt Arboretum from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

They may have some competition.

A few weeks ago, 2,000 people gathered to hug trees in Nepal. Portlanders may have to double their numbers from last year to get back on top if the Guinness Book of World Records confirms Nepal’s record bid.

“Our goal is to break the record and to have fun doing it,” says Jenny DuVander, communication contractor with Friends of Trees.

Breaking the record requires all participants to simultaneously hug a tree for one minute. Video of participants leaving, entering and tree hugging will be taken to send to Guinness for approval.

While participants could choose to hug trees for two hours, Hoyt Arboretum will provide live music, games and education on sustainability following the record attempt.

The event is free and pre-registration is encouraged. Sign up here: >

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