Chattanooga resident Adrienne Long is attempting to break the world record for longest time to hug a tree, as both a fundraiser for the Chattanooga Audubon Society and a way to honor her mother's strength, she said.
Supporters are encouraged to join her on her record-breaking journey at Heritage Park Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., when exercise and yoga classes are planned throughout the day near Long's chosen tree.
Long said she was inspired to seek the tree-hugging record after the death of her mother, who became paraplegic following a spinal cord injury.
"I was just in my feelings about not doing enough to support her and honor her, so I wanted to do something just between her and I to resolve that," Long said.
She said she wanted to undertake something that required both physical and mental stamina as a way to honor her mother's strength in facing the challenges of her injury. Breaking the world tree-hugging record — which will require her to hug a tree for roughly nine hours, although she is aiming for 10 — offers that opportunity without requiring speed, athleticism or a large group of people, she explained.
World's Longest Tree Hug event schedule
* 8:30 a.m. Jump Off with Tammy Martin and D4G with Destiny Church
* 9 a.m. MindSweatBody workout with Kelly Summersett
* 10 a.m. Yoga with Thrive Yoga
* Noon: Yard games
* 3 p.m. Guided meditation and yoga with Missy Crutchfield and Toes Yoga
While breaking this record may not require many people to participate, support is always helpful when attempting a challenge. So when Long shared her plans with Sarah Medley, her hair stylist at East Brainerd's Studio 59 Aveda Salon and Spa, Medley decided to turn it into a community event.
"I am also a tree hugger; I always have been, and I just saw her event serving multiple purposes," Medley said.
The all-natural salon's mission aligns with that of the Audubon Society, which includes preserving environmental resources, she said.
The event also brings together like-minded community members to support a common cause and engage in activities such as yoga and guided meditation.
The daylong event is free, but anyone who makes a donation to the Chattanooga Audubon Society will be entered into a drawing for giveaways including a $250 gift certificate to Studio 59 and a family membership to the Chattanooga Audubon Society.
For more information and a link to donate, visit the event Facebook page at facebook.com/longesttreehug.
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