An early duration record for the hula hoop was set by 11-year-olds Paulette Robinson, Charles Beard and Patsy Jo Grigby in Jackson, Mississippi lasting 11 hours and 34 minutes (August, 1960). High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The current record is held by Roxann Rose of the United States, who went 90 hours between 2 April and 6 April 1987. Hula hoops for children generally measure approximately 28 inches in diameter, and those for adults around 40 inches. The event was sponsored by radio station WOKJ. 8-year-old Mary Jane Freeze, won a hooping endurance contest on 19 August 1976, by lasting 10 hours and 47 minutes. A hula hoop is a toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck. Although the exact origins of hula hoops are unknown, children and adults around the world have played with hoops, twirling, rolling and throwing them throughout history. Today, they are usually made of plastic tubing. Traditional materials for hoops include willow, rattan (a flexible and strong vine), grapevines and stiff grasses.
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