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Hug Relay

Join us!

Help us bridge the divide and spread the love one hug at a time! We need 1,300 people to set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Hug Relay. Pre-register on Eventbrite here.

Map and Parking

Look here for directions to Asbury First, and for parking locations.


Help us spread the news about this amazing event! Use #rocthehug and get the community excited!

Contact Us

For contact information, or to confirm your group's participation, visit here

Official Rules & Timeline

Since this is an attempt at a world record, check out the event timeline and the rules by Guinness here!


1,300 is a lot of people! We need your help. Sign up to volunteer here.


We are excited to have so many different groups/organizations from the Rochester area help us in this goal. Visit here to see who will be there!

Bridging the Divide Through Love—One Hug at a Time

Last year, over 600 people gathered outside Asbury First United Methodist and hopscotched in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people hopscotching at the same time. It was an amazing moment, full of people from all over Rochester—diversity represented in terms of gender, race, orientation, age, ability, religion, and heritage. We gathered, not just to have a blast (and believe me, we did!), but to remind this community that in order to love our neighbors, we have to first know our neighbor. It was beautiful.

And guess what—we are DOING IT AGAIN! On August 8, we are setting another big bold goal. This time we need 1,300 people. We intend to “spread the love” by setting the record for the world’s longest hug relay—physically bridging that gap between  people. We will stand in a single-file line (serpentine style) and pass a hug from one end to the other. You will receive one hug and pass it on to one other person. That’s it!

Our hope is to break this record, but we recognize that the success will come in our willingness to stand in a divided world and spread the love.

Join us. August 8. 1050 East Ave. FREE PIZZA, food trucks, live music from 98PXY, kid activities, and a chance to create a bridge through love.

Register Online!!

In order for us to submit this event to the Guinness Book of World Records, we have to have an electronic ticketed count of those who participated. In order to do this, we are using Eventbrite and have made this an event with a free ticket. 

If you wish to make this fast and easy for you (and your group), you can pre-register by clicking here. Then, you will simply show your ticket either on paper or on your phone, check in, and make your way to the fun. If you aren’t able to pre-register, we will have people ready to assist you in checking in.

Example of a Hug Relay

Still confused as to what a hug relay really is? Click below to enjoy a video of a fun demonstration from our service on July 21 during Children’s Time. The choir and children show how to spread the love ONE HUG AT A TIME!

To learn more about the current record holder, visit the Guinness World Records site here.